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Legal boss acts after Peaches Geldof's Twitter blunder over Ian Watkins case

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Dec 04, 2013 | 8:47am EST

England's Attorney General is taking action to prevent Twitter.com users from posting prejudicial remarks in the aftermath of the Ian Watkins case. The former Lostprophets frontman was warned he faces a substantial jail term when he is sentenced later this month (Dec13) after admitting a string of sickening sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby. Two women - the mothers of Watkins' two young victims - are also facing a possible jail term, but their names must remain secret under British law to avoid identifying the children. However, Bob Geldof's socialite daughter Peaches caused outrage in the hours after the case by posting the identities of the two women on Twitter.com, and she later issued a grovelling apology amid calls for her to be charged with contempt of court. The scandal followed growing concerns about a lack of online regulation, and now the Attorney General for England and Wales, Dominic Grieve, is taking action to advise Internet commentators about their responsibilities under law. Court advisory notes, which are regularly issued to the British media to avoid unprintable information being mistakenly published, are to be posted on Grieve's official Twitter page for the first time. He says, "We have got to have a better system for alerting people to issues that give me concern where I think that the commentary is running out of control and could endanger a trial."

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