Following the arrest of Ian Watkins from rock band Lostprophets over child abuse charges, his bandmates have reacted in shock and posted a statement on their website.
Lostprophets.com is now blank page save for the band's message: 'Following charges made today against Ian Watkins, we find ourselves in a state of shock', it read. 'We are learning about the details of the investigation along with you. It is a difficult time for us and our families, and we want to thank our fans for their support as we seek answers.' They signed it 'Jamie, Lee, Luke, Mike and Stu' and have not made any further comment since.
35-year-old Watkins was arrested for charges of conspiring to engage in illicit sexual activity with two minors under the age of 13 - one of which was reportedly a one-year-old girl - and possessing, making and distributing indecent images including animal porn, according to The Mirror. Two women, aged 20 and 24, have also been arrested for similar charges although they have not been named for legal reasons - Watkins' name was released by police in the hope that it could help with their enquiries. He is currently remanded in custody and is set to face court on New Year's Eve.