October 2, 2005

British rocker Pete Doherty held after drugs raid

By Michael Holden

LONDON (Reuters) - Bad-boy British rocker Pete Doherty,
famous for his relationship with supermodel Kate Moss, has been
held by police after a drugs raid on a venue where his band
were playing, a spokesman for the singer said on Sunday.

Officers with sniffer dogs raided Shrewsbury Music Hall in
central England, where Doherty's group, Babyshambles, were
playing on Saturday night to target "the suspected illegal use
of class A drugs."

They also searched the band's tour coaches.

A West Mercia police spokesman said they had arrested a man
and a woman, who was later freed without charge, for suspected
possession of a class A drug -- a category which includes
cocaine and heroin.

Police would not identify the arrested man but Doherty, a
confessed drug addict, had been held according to his

"I know he was held by police last night. He was taken from
the venue," the spokesman told Reuters. "I don't know if he's
been charged."

He added that the band's two tour buses had also been
impounded by police. They are now undergoing forensic tests.

Police said the arrested man had been taken to a police
station in Telford and would be questioned later on Sunday.

Doherty, 26, shot to stardom as the lead singer of The
Libertines but was kicked out of the band for his
well-publicized drug addiction to crack cocaine.

He went on to form his own band Babyshambles and became a
regular feature in Britain's tabloid press because of his
on-off relationship with Moss, one of the most famous faces in

Moss became the focus of attention last month when she was
pictured in one newspaper allegedly snorting cocaine.

Moss apologized, but a number of retailers and fashion
houses canceled their contracts with her. Police also said they
would investigate the newspaper reports.