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Lostprophets’ Ian Watkins Held Hostage, Stabbed In Prison

7 August 2023 | 6:29 pm | Staff Writer
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It’s reported the disgraced singer’s injuries are “not life-threatening”

Ian Watkins

Ian Watkins (Supplied)

Ian Watkins – the disgraced former singer of Lostprophets and convicted pedophile – has reportedly been stabbed multiple times in prison.

As reported by Sky News, the 46-year-old nonce was said to be taken hostage by three other inmates on Saturday morning (August 5), and sustained multiple stab wounds; Sky reported that Watkins “sustained injuries which are not life-threatening”, but sources reportedly told the Mirror that he is indeed in pretty rough shape, having required the aide of paramedics who “worked to save his life in an ambulance outside the jail”.

So said one of the latter publication’s sources: “He was found by officers after being held hostage and battered on Saturday morning. He’s in a life-threatening condition and there are fears he could die. If he survives, he’ll have been very lucky.”

Both reported that Watkins was freed from his captors after around six hours, when prison officers intervened. In a formal statement, a Prison Service spokesperson affirmed, “Police are investigating an incident which took place on Saturday at HMP Wakefield [the West Yorkshire prison where Watkins is being held]. We are unable to comment further while the police investigate.”

Watkins is currently serving a 29-year prison sentence for a string of heinous crimes, most of which relate to sexual assault of young children. He was sentenced in December of 2013 and will be eligible for parole in 2031. One senior investigating officer involved with his case described Watkins as a “committed, organised paedophile” and “potentially the most dangerous sex offender” he’d ever crossed paths with.

Prior to his conviction, Watkins fronted Lostprophets from 1997 to 2013; the band broke up immediately after he was arrested. The band’s remaining members went on to form the band No Devotion, which released its second album, No Oblivion, last September.

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