Doherty Gets Pulled Again

Keen fans of Babyshambles and The Libertines may have some record of whether Pete Doherty spends more time in venues or police cells, as the on-off boyfriend of supermodel Kate Moss has been pulled on suspicion of possessing unlawful drugs again.

He was released on police bail October 2 after being arrested in a drugs raid on Shrewsbury Music Hall.

West Mercia detectives with sniffer dogs raided the venue after Babyshambles’ October 1 show. They were part of a synchronised operation that was carried out across the town, resulting in 17 people being searched and the arrest of Doherty and an unnamed young woman.

The band’s subsequent show at Norwich’s University of East Anglia was canceled, although the troubled singer’s shambolic U.K. tour was expected to resume October 4 at Southend Chinnery.

After being held at Telford police station for more than 12 hours, Doherty emerged to tell reporters that the officers had mistaken a prescription implant aimed at keeping him off drugs for “hard stuff.”

Protesting his innocence, he reportedly described the ordeal as “a pain in the arse.”

He showed photographers a picture of what he claimed to be an implant in his lower abdomen, which had been surgically fitted to keep him off the very stuff he’d just been charged with possessing.

A number of items recovered during the raids will be sent away for forensic tests, including what the police believe to be “Class A” drugs.

Doherty was ordered to return to Shrewsbury to answer to possible charges in December. The woman arrested was questioned but later released without charge.

On September 23, Doherty was stopped and given a warning by Dundee police. He’d been seen drinking in the centre of the Scottish city and the law officers reportedly “seized alcohol” before allowing him to go.

In September 2003, Doherty received a six-month sentence – cut to two on appeal – for breaking into his bandmate’s flat.

A year later, he was given a four-month suspended sentence for carrying a flick knife.

At the time of the Shrewsbury raid, Moss was in a rehab clinic in Phoenix, Ariz., after The Daily Mirror published photographs of her appearing to be chopping out a line of cocaine with a credit card.

As Scotland Yard announced it will be investigating the matter and possibly questioning Moss, clothing chain H&M, fashion leader Burberry and cosmetics giant Chanel all announced they’d be canceling or not renewing her lucrative modeling contracts.

Moss also has deals with designer brand Christian Dior and New York jeweler H. Stern.

— John Gammon