‘I showed police pictures of Lostprophets paedophile Ian Watkins abusing a girl, 4, in 2008 but they ignored it’ says his former lover

Kieran Corcoran — Daily Mail Feb 18, 2014

Lost Prophets frontman Ian Watkins. Click to enlarge

Police were allegedly shown a picture by Joanne Mjadzelics which Watkins took of a four-year-old girl holding up a picture frame with cocaine and a razor-blade on it in 2008.

The image, which cannot be published for legal reasons, shows the little girl is holding a rolled-up £20 note in her hand, according to BBC Wales’s Week In Week Out programme.

The Lostprophets singer was jailed for 29 years in December after admitting a string of child sex offences. He was arrested in 2012, but his former lover has claimed she had warned of his depraved crimes years before, and gave evidence to police.

The girl’s father also raised concerns with police, but says he was told to drop his claims to protect the singer’s pop career.

The man said investigators in South Wales Police told him ‘not to pursue it any more because it could ruin Ian’s career’.

Miss Mjadzelics says that Watkins told her the powder was cocaine, and that from December 2008 she complained to police and social services in turn in an attempt to protect the girl.

She said: ‘It was repeated calls about the same little girl. Every time I knew that my complaints weren’t going anywhere with the police I would back it up by going to social services and saying “can’t you do anything about this?”‘

In light of evidence about the persistent complaints, the former chairman of the British Association of Social Services says an inquiry must be launched to find all the details of how the case was handled.

Child protection expert David Niven said: ‘Some kind of large inquiry really needs to happen that will be transparent and be educative for the rest of professionals up and down Wales and England.’

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is already investigating a detective sergeant from South Wales Police for gross misconduct, as well as the way he was managed.

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