After stepping down from his position as guitarist for Wrexham based pop-punk outfit Neck Deep in August following allegations of sexual misconduct made against him online, Lloyd Roberts has now released a statement, claiming that he has been officially cleared of these charges and that the police “have found no case” following an investigation into these claims. You can read the statement that was made by Roberts in full below:
“In August this year I stepped down from Neck Deep after serious allegations were directed at me online.
I was horrified and sickened by these accusations and in order to clear my name, I contacted the police myself and asked them to investigate. Now, following a thorough investigation by North Wales Police, I received confirmation yesterday that officers have found no case for me to answer and that their investigation is now closed. It has been an immensely difficult time for both me and my family. When these claims surfaced I’d just become a dad for the first time and so the situation I found myself in with these accusations caused us all a great deal of emotional distress.
I also felt the need to step down from Neck Deep just as we were beginning to get the recognition we’d all worked so hard to achieve. I’m now looking to put this horrendous chapter in my life behind me as I instead look forward to the future. For me, that means doing the one thing I love the most – writing and recording music.
I’ve got some exciting plans in development, so watch this space.In the meantime I’d like to thank all of the Neck Deep fans who stuck with me and offered me support over the past few months. It meant a lot to me.
I’d also like to wish my Neck Deep comrades all the best for the future. I’m sure our paths will cross again soon.”
From the context of the above statement, it would appear that Roberts will not be resuming his former position in Neck Deep, but will be working on a new musical outlet in the foreseeable future.
In February, Neck Deep will be heading out on their biggest headline tour of the UK to date, with support from State Champs, Creeper, and Light Years throughout. You can find all dates of the tour listed below:
FEBRUARY 01 – BIMRINGHAM, Institute
FEBRUARY 02 – GLASGOW, O2 Academy
FEBRUARY 04 – MANCHESTER, Academy
FEBRUARY 05 – CARDIFF, Great Hall
FEBRUARY 06 – LONDON, Forum