January 16, 2006

UK singer Pete Doherty in new drugs arrest

LONDON (Reuters) - Babyshambles lead singer Pete Doherty
has been arrested on suspicion of possessing illegal drugs,
just days after pleading guilty in a London court to possessing
heroin and cocaine, police said on Monday.

The 26-year-old, best known for an on-off relationship with
British supermodel Kate Moss, was stopped by police early on
Saturday and arrested for alleged possession of class A and
class C drugs.

He was also suspected of driving under the influence of
illicit drugs, and has been bailed to appear at a north London
police station on February 2 "pending analysis of substances"
found, a police spokeswoman added.

Last Wednesday, the troubled rocker pleaded guilty to
possessing heroin and cocaine, and is due to reappear in court
on February 8.

Doherty, who shot to fame as lead singer of The Libertines,
has been in the headlines since Moss was filmed last year
apparently snorting cocaine, prompting several fashion labels
to sever ties with the supermodel, who turned 32 on Monday.

Police have urged Moss to return to Britain from the United
States to answer questions related to the cocaine scandal, and
expect to make arrests soon of other suspects in the case.

Media reports say Doherty and Moss have split up.