Paedophile Ian Watkins was taken hostage due to 'jealousy over guitar lessons'

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Paedophile Ian Watkins was taken hostage due to
Paedophile Ian Watkins was taken hostage due to 'jealousy over guitar lessons'

Lostprophets musician and convicted sex offender Ian Watkins was taken hostage in prison for six hours over guitar lessons, it's been reported. It's claimed the paedophile's fame and jealousy about his younger girlfriend were also thought to have made him a target in prison.

The Mirror revealed over the weekend that the disgraced musician, 46, had been rushed to hospital after being set upon by fellow inmates inside HMP Wakefield, where he is serving a 29-year sentence for multiple sex crimes, including offences against young children and babies.

It's thought Watkins was found by officers after being held hostage and battered on Saturday morning and is currently in a life-threatening condition, with some predicting the jailed sex offender could die following the attack. Watkins is said to have suffered stab wounds and beatings before eventually being freed by prison officers around six hours later.

"He was known to have hangers-on who asked him about music and being a rock star. He even gave some of them guitar lessons - which made other inmates in there angry so they wanted revenge," a source has since claimed when discussing the attack on Watkins by three of his fellow inmates.

Paedophile Ian Watkins was taken hostage due to 'jealousy over guitar lessons' eideziqkeiqhhinvIan Watkins will be 'very lucky' if he survives the attack (PA)
Paedophile Ian Watkins was taken hostage due to 'jealousy over guitar lessons'The disgraced musician is said to have sustained life-threatening injuries (WireImage)

The source continued to tell The Sun: "He [Watkins] is also high-profile and a lot of the lads in there think they will get a move to another jail if they attack someone well-known. They want to be shifted out of Wakefield, although it does not usually work like that." It's claimed the group of three responsible – two of which are believed to have previously murdered – were "recent arrivals" to the Category A prison. The Mirror has approached Wakefield Prison for comment.

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Watkins rose to fame as the frontman for Welsh rock band Lostprophets throughout the early 2000s. He was outed as a drug-crazed predatory paedophile in 2013, with the country shocked and appalled as the disgraced star's crimes were revealed. Watkins pleaded guilty in 2013 to the attempted rape of a baby and 10 other sex offences after preying on fans, including two who offered up their babies to be abused by their idol.

The jailed paedophile is currently serving his 29-year sentence for multiple sex crimes in Wakefield Prison, a high security prison for men in West Yorkshire. The institution is often dubbed the "Monster Mansion" due to the large number of high-profile, high-risk sex offenders and murderers held there.

Paedophile Ian Watkins was taken hostage due to 'jealousy over guitar lessons'The B-wing at Wakefield Prison holds around 570 inmates (PA)

Speaking about Watkins being attacked by his fellow inmates over the weekend, a source told the Mirror: "He was found by officers after being held hostage and battered on Saturday morning. He’s in a life-threatening condition and there are fears he could die. If he survives, he’ll have been very lucky."

According to The Sun, Watkins was dragged into a cell by three inmates where they "roughed him up and barricaded themselves in". A source claims to the publication that Watkins was "was screaming and was obviously terrified and in fear of his life." It's reported the whole wing then went into lockdown and prison officers potentially saved Watkins' life thanks to throwing "grenades to stun the attackers and take them by surprise".

Watkins is said to have suffered stab wounds and beatings before eventually being freed by prison officers around six hours later. Witnesses said paramedics worked to save his life in an ambulance outside the jail. A Prison Service spokesperson said: "Police are investigating an incident which took place on Saturday at HMP Wakefield. We are unable to comment further while the police investigate."

If you've been the victim of sexual assault, you can access help and resources via www.rapecrisis.org.uk or calling the national telephone helpline on 0808 802 9999

Zoe Delaney

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