A police sergeant who retired part-way through a four-year investigation into South Yorkshire Police officers failing to act on evidence that rock star Ian Watkins was a paedophile has accidentally been publicly named by a police watchdog.
‘How attitudes of police left paedophile rock star Ian Watkins free to abuse’ Police Sergeant Richard Barnes was the most senior of four officers investigated over failings which concluded earlier this year that inaction by South Yorkshire Police officers “may have placed a child at risk of further abuse for several months”.
The IPCC has found that he would have had a case to answer for gross misconduct if he was still serving.
How attitudes of police left paedophile rock star Ian Watkins free to abuse
Rock star Ian Watkins, lead singer of the band Lostprophets, sold records by the millions and had thousands of adoring fans.
But he was also an evil paedophile. Yorkshire officer in probe of paedophile rock star Ian Watkins is named.
The way his case was dealt with by police in Yorkshire and Wales raises troubling questions over how investigations into celebrities are handled – and how forces treat witnesses trying to expose abuse.
In court, I represented Joanne Mjadzelics, a former partner of Watkins who repeatedly tried to warn police about his crimes but was instead ignored, warned about harrassing him and even, extraordinarily, eventually prosecuted herself over the very images she had tried to give officers as evidence.