Lostprophets Ian Watkins moved to 'paedophile haven'
There is outrage in the UK over the news that paedophile rocker Ian Watkins is to be moved to a prison only for sex offenders.
British child safety campaigners have criticised the decision to move the Lostprophets singer to a low security unit, with some saying that he has been placed in a “haven for paedophiles”.
Watkins was jailed for 29 years in 2013 for a string of child sex offences including the attempted rape of a baby.
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A petition calling on UK Justice Secretary Chris Grayling to reverse the prison move has been launched by Watkins' former lover Joanne Mjadzelics - who is believed to have repeatedly reported the singer to police and social services for four years before his arrest.
“Ian Watkins is meant to be serving a 29 year sentence in a real prison - not a haven for paedophiles,” she said.
“You may as well have put them up in an Ibis hotel having a constant paedophile convention.”
“I know how evil this man is and people like him will never change and need to be punished severely. He and they need to be out of their comfort zone of swapping sick stories with other paedophiles and in a real prison to serve their time.”
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The UK Ministry of Justice has refused to comment the move but a spokesperson said that it was standard practice to concentrate sex offenders together in UK prisons.
“Research shows that sex offenders were more able to concentrate on rehabilitation if co-located away from a non sex offender population,” she said.