April 29, 2006

Rocker Doherty arrested after drugs photos

LONDON (Reuters) - British rock singer Pete Doherty was
arrested on Saturday after a police investigation into a
tabloid photo which the paper said showed him injecting drugs
into a female fan's arm as she lay unconscious.

It was the latest brush with the law for the 27-year-old,
who is more famous for his on-off relationship with supermodel
Kate Moss and his public battle with hard drugs than as the
frontman of punk outfit Babyshambles.

"At 0800 this morning (0700 GMT) a man aged 27 years old
was arrested on a street in an east London borough on suspicion
of administering a noxious substance recklessly," said a police

"He is in custody at the police station and inquiries

The Sun tabloid printed the picture on Friday, saying it
and another showing Doherty injecting himself with an unknown
substance were taken at his home in Hackney, London, within the
last five weeks.

Doherty has made a string of court appearances in recent
months on drugs charges.

Last week he was arrested for suspected drug possession
only hours after a judge spared him a jail term and ordered him
to undergo rehabilitation for previous narcotics offences.

The pictures came seven months after the Sun's main British
tabloid rival the Daily Mirror printed photographs apparently
showing Moss snorting cocaine while Doherty and his bandmates
recorded in a London studio.

Those images prompted several fashion houses to drop Moss,
although her career has thrived since she left a drug
rehabilitation center in the United States in October.