South Wales Police, who charged Lostprophets
singer Ian Watkins for allegedly conspiring to rape a baby
, are now under investigation themselves.
A police watchdog will decide if police acted fast enough on information relating to his charges, which also include offenses related to indecent images of children.
The IPCC which investigates police forces said that South Wales Police referred themselves for investigation (via the Mirror):
"Our investigation will determine whether or not South Wales Police failed to take appropriate and timely action in relation to information they were in receipt of in advance of Mr Watkins subsequent arrest
"We are aware of four forces having provided South Wales Police with information but, as criminal proceedings are active, it would be inappropriate to publish further information at this time
Watkins was arrested in December, and will reportedly plead innocent. He will next appear in court in March.
His bandmates in Lostprophets were shocked to hear of his arrest and issued this statement:
"Following charges made today against Ian Watkins, we find ourselves in a state of shock. We are learning about the details of the investigation along with you. It is a difficult time for us and our families, and we want to thank our fans for their support as we seek answers