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Police Statement Ian Watkins Sentenced 35 Years

In response to the sentencing of 36 year-old Ian Watkins at Cardiff Crown Court today, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Doyle, Senior Investigating Officer, said:

“Today’s sentence reflects the gravity of the crimes that have been committed. The three paedophiles responsible for the terrible abuse of two babies have now been brought to justice.

“The investigation uncovered the most disturbing child abuse evidence I have seen in my 28 years as a police officer.

“The guilty pleas have ensured that the jury were spared from viewing evidence that would have been extremely traumatic.

“The safeguarding of children has been an absolute priority for the investigation team. Today’s sentence does not mark the end of our investigations and we will work tirelessly to identify any other victims or witnesses and seek the justice they deserve. In the last few weeks we have received further information that will now be looked at by the investigation team.

“There are also investigations being conducted by other police forces around the world including Germany and the United States.

“Above all this investigation has been focused on the protection of children and my thoughts today remain with those victims.

“We would encourage anyone who has been affected by this case or other cases of child abuse to contact South Wales Police on 029 20634184 or the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.”

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