Lostprophets rock star Ian Watkins in court on child sex charges

Ian Watkins
Image caption Ian Watkins appeared before Cardiff Crown Court on Monday

The lead singer of rock band Lostprophets has appeared in court on child sexual offence charges, including conspiracy to rape a baby.

Ian Watkins, 35, of Pontypridd, appeared via video link at Cardiff Crown Court from Parc Prison, Bridgend.

Wearing a black suit, shirt and tie Mr Watkins appeared along with two other female defendants who cannot be named for legal reasons.

They were remanded further until 11 March.

Mr Watkins faces a charge of conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child under 13 and four offences relating to possession and distribution of indecent images of children.

The alleged offences date from May to December this year.

A 24-year-old woman, from Bedford, has been charged with the same offences as Mr Watkins, while a 20-year-old woman from Doncaster is charged with five of the same offences but not conspiracy to rape.