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Lostprophets' Ian Watkins could have 'groomed' friends

Paedophile Ian Watkins could have created a "heavily groomed clique" around him to prevent his crimes being reported, an expert has said.

Former head of the UK's Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre Jim Gamble told BBC Wales people who behave in this way gives them a degree of protection.

His comments come as an inquiry is under way into whether the Lostprophets singer's celebrity status prevented him from being brought to justice.

Gross misconduct notices have been served on seven police officers as part of an investigation into the handling of allegations against Watkins.

They include three from South Yorkshire Police, two from Bedfordshire Police, and two from South Wales Police.

Last year Watkins was jailed for 29 years for serious child sex offences.

  • 21 May 2014
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