Six Officers Investigated For Gross Misconduct In Ian Watkins Inquiry

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May 21, 2014 | 11:20am EST

Six police officers are under investigation for gross misconduct as part of an inquiry into the handling of child sex allegations against Lostprophets rocker Ian Watkins.
Watkins was jailed for 29 years last November after being found guilty of a string of sickening sex offenses, including the attempted rape of a baby.
An official probe was launched by Britain’s Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) over allegations a detective sergeant from South Wales Police had ignored a tip-off that Watkins was a child abuser.
Now a further six officers from forces across the U.K. have been handed letters advising them that they are under investigation for gross misconduct as part of the inquiry, which is examining if the rocker’s celebrity status impacted on the case.
A statement from IPCC Commissioner Jan Williams reads, “We are making good progress with our three independent investigations and as result of our enquiries IPCC investigators have served notices on six further officers as part of the ongoing investigation – three from South Yorkshire Police, two from Bedfordshire Police and a second from South Wales Police.
“We are continuing to gather and analyze information in all three investigations in order to establish what steps were taken by police in response to the allegations made against Ian Watkins, whether he could have been brought to justice sooner and whether his celebrity status had any impact on those investigations.”