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Inquiry call in Watkins abuse claims

A child protection expert is calling for an inquiry to establish what happened between social services and the police following allegations that they were repeatedly told that children were at risk from paedophile rock star Ian Watkins.

The former Lostprophets frontman from Pontypridd was jailed in December for 29 years with an extra six years on licence for the attempted rape of a child and other sexual offences against children.

The BBC Wales current affairs series Week In Week Out will air new evidence that social services were told in 2008 about a young girl who was pictured with what was claimed to be cocaine.

Rhondda Cynon Taf council said it acted "in line with agreed procedures".

David Niven, the former chair of the British Association of Social Workers, told Oliver Hides of BBC Radio Wales an inquiry could establish the sequence of events and see what had happened.

But he added that the range of locations concerned across the UK and overseas raised questions over who should run such an inquiry.

Week In, Week Out: The Valleys Boy Who Became a Monster - Tuesday, 18 February on BBC One Wales at 22:35 GMT.

  • 18 Feb 2014
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