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28/11/2013 10:20 GMT | Updated 28/11/2013 11:23 GMT

Ian Watkins Case: Attorney General Issues Warning Against Naming Co-defendants

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The Attorney General has issued a warning against naming co-defendants in the Ian Watkins case.

In two tweets made on Thursday afternoon, the AG wrote:

"We understand that the names of the co-defendants in the Ian Watkins case have been posted online."

A second tweet added: "Victims of sex offences have lifetime anonymity. Publication of info which could identify them is a criminal offence & a police matter."

The warning comes two days after the former Lostprophets frontman pleaded pleaded guilty to a series of "depraved" child sex offences including admitting to two charges of attempting to rape a baby.

Two women, the mothers of babies targeted by Watkins, have not been named to protect the identity of their children. Both women also face jail.

Other defenceless young victims of Watkins's sexual abuse are also protected by automatic anonymity.

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Ian Watkins will be sentenced on 18 December

The horrific case has triggered a flurry of activity on Facebook and Twitter, prompting South Wales Police to also issue a warning about identifying the victims involved in the case.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Doyle added: "Clearly there is strong public feeling about this case and many people are using social media outlets to talk about the issues involved.

"However, there is a very real danger that some of the detail being posted will lead to the identification of victims which will cause a great deal of distress to them and their families."

Watkins will be sentenced on 18 December.

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