Not In My Backyard

After stopping Pete Doherty and Babyshambles from playing Moonfest fearing their appearance would create mayhem, Wiltshire police could have to step in again to stop the singer/songwriter from performing a substitute show in his own back yard.

It isn’t his back yard, strictly speaking, because his property is owned by the Earl of Cardigan, who is adamant that the gig won’t happen.

Doherty’s rented country pile is a few miles from the Moonfest site at Westbury. He has allegedly tried to set up a show in the garden, but Earl Cardigan has told the local police he won’t allow it.

“Please advise your colleagues that ‘Pete’s house’ is actually Sturmy House. That house is the property of the trustees of the Savernake Estate and any such thing would certainly constitute a breach of his lease of our property,” he reportedly told the Wiltshire constabulary via e-mail.

“So, should Doherty’s manager ever plan to carry out his threat, please be advised in advance that there are absolutely no circumstances in which the owners of that house where Doherty lives would ever sanction such a thing.”