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The former singer of the Welsh rock band Lostprophets, Ian Watkins, was stabbed in prison, according to multiple reports. Watkins is in prison serving time for numerous pedophilia-related offenses, including attempting to rape a baby.
Watkins, 46, was reportedly held hostage by three fellow prisoners for several hours and was stabbed at His Majesty's Prison in Wakefield, United Kingdom.
According to The Mirror, "The prison had to wait until a 'Tornado Crew' could be assembled - specialist officers trained in hostage situations. The three prisoners kept Watkins hostage for almost six hours – it is believed the attack took place on B wing where 70 percent of the prisoners are serving life and 20 percent serving 10 years or more. So serious were his injuries it is understood that he received emergency treatment from paramedics in an ambulance on the prison estate."
The outlet said Watkins was hospitalized and "seriously ill" after being "locked in his cell and stabbed by other prisoners in Wakefield prison."
Sky News is reporting, "The pedophile sustained injuries which are not life-threatening following an incident at HMP Wakefield in West Yorkshire."
A spokesperson for U.K.'s prison system said, "Police are investigating an incident which took place on Saturday at HMP Wakefield. We are unable to comment further while the police investigate."
Rolling Stone reported, "Watkins is currently 10 years into a 29-year prison sentence for a litany of heinous sex offenses, including the rape of a child who was under the age of 13, conspiracy to rape a one-year-old baby girl, and possession of child pornography. (During trial, it was revealed that the password to encrypted files on Watkins’ computer was 'I FUK KIDZ.')"
In 2019, Watkins was sentenced to 10 additional months in jail after a cell phone was found in his possession in prison. Watkins claimed that fellow prisoners ordered him to hold on to the mobile phone. However, Watkins reportedly refused to name the prisoners who gave him the cell phone because the singer said he was locked up with "murderers, mass murderers, rapists, pedophiles, serial killers – the worst of the worst."
Watkins founded Lostprophets in 1997, and the band broke up in 2013 when he was sentenced to prison.
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Paul Sacca is a staff writer for Blaze News.