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Saturday 22 September 2018

Peaches 'sorry' for naming mothers

PEACHES Geldof has apologised for tweeting the names of the two mothers whose babies were involved in abuse by paedophile rock star Ian Watkins.

The daughter of Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof posted a series of tweets this morning explaining that she had assumed the names were already "public knowledge".

Her comments come after detectives confirmed last night they were investigating reports of what she had done and were in talks with prosecutors.

Geldof today gave a full account of how she came to tweet the names of the two mothers involved.

"For all of those out there tweeting me about naming the paedophile mothers involved in the Ian Watkins case, the names have been in the public domain since December 12th when the court named them and put them up on their website for all to see," she begins by explaining.

"The babies will most probably be given new identities to protect them from future abuse from other paedos who know who they are/their names from the videos Watkins uploaded to paedo websites.

"The question of whether or not to give anonymity to criminals in cases like this will go on forever. However these women and Watkins will be getting three meals a day, a double bed, cable TV etc all funded by the taxpayer alongside not being named apparently. It makes me sad."

She then explained she had deleted her postings and apologised "for any offence caused".

"Will check my facts before tweeting next time. Apologies and lesson learned," she said.

Geldof is facing a possible sanction after naming the two women who allowed their babies to be abused by paedophile singer Watkins (36).

OFFENDING

It is understood the offending message remained online for four hours before it was deleted.

South Wales Police confirmed it is preparing a statement on the case.

ksweeney@herald.ie

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