Inquiry into complaints

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A watchdog is investigating South Yorkshire Police’s handling of a 2012 complaint against paedophile rock star Ian Watkins.

The former LostProphets frontman is due to be sentenced later this month after admitting a string of horrific child sex offences, including the attempted rape of a fan’s 11-month-old baby boy.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission launched the inquiry after a referral from the South Yorkshire force in September.

The IPCC is already investigating claims South Wales Police failed to act quickly enough having allegedly been told Watkins was planning to abuse children as early as 2008.

An IPCC spokesman said: “We are independently investigating South Yorkshire Police’s handling of information concerning allegations against Watkins in 2012.”

Watkins was arrested late last year after South Wales Police uncovered hard drives containing images, videos and conversations about him attacking children.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “South Yorkshire Police referred itself to the IPCC in September this year in relation to the way the force handled specific information concerning Watkins.

“To ensure the integrity of the IPCC investigation, the force is unable to add further comment at this stage.”

Last week, a former girlfriend of Watkins, from Doncaster, came forward with claims he had sexually abused hundreds of young victims.