January 5, 2006

Police urge supermodel Moss to return to Britain

LONDON (Reuters) - Police have urged supermodel Kate Moss
to return to Britain to answer questions after a newspaper
showed pictures of her apparently snorting cocaine last year.

The grainy images in the Daily Mirror tabloid prompted
several fashion houses to sever ties with the 31-year-old,
although her career has begun to recover since she left a drug
rehabilitation clinic in the United States.

"We would like to appeal for her to return, see us, and
tell us her side of the story," London police Assistant
Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur said.

"For everybody's sake, and for her to move on, the sooner
she speaks to us the better," he said in a statement on
Thursday, adding that the mother-of-one would be dealt with
"fairly and proportionately as would be the case with anybody

He said the net was closing in on other suspects in the
case and that arrests were likely to be made, but the police
did not intend to seek Moss' extradition from the United
States, where media reports say she is planning to settle down.

"What we have done so far is conducted searches of the
studios where the matter was filmed in addition to obtaining
the full digital recording of the incident which is currently
being closely studied by the investigative team," Ghaffur

Moss' London lawyers could not immediately be reached for

Moss, whose gaunt features ushered in the "heroin chic"
fashion style of the 1990s, never confirmed cocaine allegations
made against her, but issued a short statement after the
scandal broke, apologizing to people she said she had let down.

The allegations prompted British luxury fashion house
Burberry and Swedish-based fashion retailer Hennes and Mauritz
to cut ties with one of the most famous faces in fashion.

France's Chanel also said they would not renew their
contract with her when it expired.