May 21, 2014
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has served gross misconduct notices on three South Yorkshire Police officers, two Bedfordshire Police officers and a South Wales police officer as part of its ongoing investigations into the handling of allegations against Ian Watkins.
The IPCC has three independent investigations ongoing focussed on the response of South Wales Police, Bedfordshire Police and South Yorkshire Police to allegations that Mr Watkins was abusing children.
The three South Yorkshire Police officers, one sergeant and two police constables, have been served with notices advising them that their conduct is subject to investigation. The IPCC is investigating complaints around the handling of three reports made to the force between March and May 2012 which contained allegations against Mr Watkins with potential evidence.
The IPCC is also investigating Bedfordshire Police’s handling of information from a member of the public who reported an allegation of child abuse against Mr Watkins to the force in October 2012. A sergeant and a constable have been served with notices advising them their conduct is under investigation.
The South Wales Police detective constable, who was attached to the Child Protection Unit, is the second officer from the force to be investigated.
The IPCC has received a substantial amount of documentation from the three forces which is being analysed by investigators.
IPCC Commissioner Jan Williams said:
"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. Arrangements are being made to interview the officers in the coming weeks.
"We have now conducted two interviews with a detective sergeant from South Wales Police about his actions in relation to information about Ian Watkins. We anticipate he will be interviewed again in the near future.
"We are continuing to gather and analyse 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.”
Notes to editors:
Serving a police officer/member of staff with a notice advises them their conduct is subject to investigation – such notices are not judgmental in any way.
The IPCC was notified by South Wales Police on 4 March that Joanne Mjadzelics had been charged with possessing and distributing indecent images of children, and inciting criminal activity. The decision to charge Joanne Mjadzelics has no bearing on the IPCC investigation at this stage. Miss Mjadzelics was interviewed by IPCC investigators at the end of February in relation to our investigation.
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This act sets out how the police complaints system operates.
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