The detectives who brought paedophile Ian Watkins to justice receive an award

Operation Globe, the team of 25 officers who sealed Watkins conviction, were runners up in the Police Federation awards

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Doyle and Catrin Evans, head of the complex casework unit at the CPS address the media outside Cardiff Crown Court after the end of the Ian Watkins trial

The South Wales Police investigation team which brought Lostprophets paedophile Ian Watkins to justice has picked up an award.
The Operation Globe investigation team has been named runner up in the Police Federation National Detective Forum (PFNDF) Detective Investigation of the Year award.
Operation Globe was set up after the failures to investigate Watkins that are being scrutinised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and have led to eight officers being issued with misconduct notices.
A South Wales Police spokesman confirmed none of the officers involved in Operation Globe were involved in the IPCC investigation.
The Operation Globe inquiry into Pontypridd born Lostprophets singer Watkins began in October 2012, led by Detective Chief Inspector Peter Doyle and uncovered horrific sexual crimes against young children.
Based at Cardiff Central Police Station the investigation at its height involved a team of around 25 detectives, including officers from Germany and the USA.
As a result of the investigation Watkins and two associates were charged on 34 counts of sexual offences against children and related matters. All three defendants pleaded guilty and were sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court in December 2013, with Watkins receiving a 35 year sentence.
A judge told him he had “plumbed new depths of depravity” before jailing him.
DCI Doyle, who attended the awards ceremony at the Grand Hotel in Brighton this week, said: “This investigation was a highly complex and involved a large team working closely with partners including local authorities, NSPCC and Interpol.
“The team showed moral and professional courage in the face of harrowing and deeply upsetting evidence, which was by far the worst I have come across in my 30 year career. Throughout the investigation the central core of the investigation focussed upon the protection of children and the team never wavered from that goal.
“They thoroughly deserve the recognition they have received from the Police Federation and I am pleased their hard work, professionalism and dedication has been acknowledged.”
The PFNDF award isn’t the first accolade for the Operation Globe team, they recently picked up the teamwork award at the South Wales Police Annual Awards 2014.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is currently examining the roles of eight police officers in relation to possible delays in bringing Watkins to justice but the IPCC probe relates to police action that occurred before Operation Globe was set up.
Those being looked at by the IPCC include two South Wales Police officers, including a detective constable. It is not known if they have been suspended.
Also, the roles of a sergeant and three constables from South Yorkshire Police and a sergeant and constable from Bedfordshire Police are being looked at.
South Wales Police is said to have received information from four different police forces across Britain about Watkins.
Watkins was handed a minimum 29 year jail term as well as an additional six years on licence.
Among the offences he pleaded guilty to was the attempted rape of an 11-month old child as well as encouraging a fan to abuse her baby via webcam.
Police also found a stash of child porn videos – some of which he had made himself.
Originally, Watkins, 37, had pleaded his innocence to a string of offences – despite damning video evidence.
However, he changed his plea at the last minute – averting a trial – but then complained he had not realised that his guilty plea had made him “look guilty”.

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