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Ian Watkins, lead singer of the Welsh rock band Lostprophets is set to appear in court over child sex offences.

Watkins, 35, and two women from Doncaster and Bedford aged 20 and 24 have been charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child and possession and distribution of indecent images of children.

A police spokesman said: “A Pontypridd man has been charged with sexual offences against children and is due to appear at Cardiff Magistrates' Court today.

”The 35-year-old has been charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a female under 13 and possession/distribution of indecent images of children.

“In order to assist their investigation, South Wales Police has named the man as Ian Watkins, a member of the rock group Lostprophets.”

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.

Watkins band, the Lostprophets, enjoyed a period of success in the early noughties both in the UK and US.

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