Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins has been remanded in custody after
appearing at Cardiff magistrates' court to face child sex abuse
The Welsh rock star, whose band has sold over 3.5 million
albums, is alleged to have conspired with a woman to rape a one-year-old girl,
the court heard.
He also stands accused of two incidents of conspiring to engage
in sexual touching with two young children; possessing, making and distributing
indecent images; and possessing “extreme” animal pornography.
The conspiracy charges related to a period between May 1 and
Monday, while the indecent images related to a period between August 12 and
Defending barrister Tom Crowther said his client would be
denying the charges.
Presiding magistrate Alan Knight opted to remand Watkins -
along with two women aged 20 and 24 - into custody.
The women, who face similar child sex allegations, cannot be
named for legal reasons. All three will appear before Cardiff Crown Court on
Earlier, senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Peter
Doyle said specially-trained staff are available to speak to anyone with
concerns or information regarding this investigation.
“I want to encourage anyone who has any concerns or information
which they think may be relevant to contact us,” he added.
“Safeguarding children involved in such cases is always a high
priority and as such measures have already been taken.”
Police are asking anyone with any information concerning the
investigation to contact the Operation Globe incident room on 0800 056 0154, or
the NSPCC on 0800 389 5347.