20/12/2012 04:18 GMT | Updated 11/03/2013 08:40 GMT

Ian Watkins' Lostprophets Bandmates Speak Of Shock After Child Sex Abuse Allegations

The members of Lostprophets have spoken of their "shock" after lead singer Ian Watkins was charged over child sex abuse allegations.

In a statement on the band's website signed by Jamie, Lee, Luke, Mike and Stu, the band thanked fans for their support and said they were in a "state of shock."

"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," the message said.

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Ian Watkins, lead singer of rock band Lostprophets, was remanded in custody on Wednesday

Watkins, 35, was remanded in custody on Wednesday after Cardiff magistrates court heard allegations he conspired with a woman to rape a one-year-old girl.

He also stands accused of two incidents of conspiring to engage in sexual touching with two young children; possessing, making and distributing indecent images; and possessing "extreme" animal pornography.

The conspiracy charges related to a period between May 1 and Monday, while the indecent images related to a period between August 12 and Monday.

Defending barrister Tom Crowther said his client - dressed in a black hooded top and looking visibly tired - would be denying the charges and argued that his celebrity status could help to enforce bail conditions.

He also added that Lostprophets had cancelled a planned tour, Watkins had no previous convictions and his mother, who was sitting in the public gallery, was willing to put forward her house as a surety.

But presiding magistrate Alan Knight opted to remand Watkins - along with two women aged 20 and 24 - into custody.

The women, who face similar child sex allegations, cannot be named for legal reasons.

All three will appear before Cardiff Crown Court on December 31.

Earlier South Wales Police's senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Peter Doyle, appealed for information saying:

"Specially-trained staff are available to speak to anyone with concerns or information regarding this investigation and a dedicated telephone number has been set up.

"I want to encourage anyone who has any concerns or information which they think may be relevant to contact us.

"Safeguarding children involved in such cases is always a high priority and as such measures have already been taken."

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