Pete Doherty is most certainly facing jail after being arrested yet again on suspicion of possessing drugs. The troubled star was held in east London soon after performing at the V Festival.
His arrest comes as he is awaiting sentencing early next month on a series of drugs charges. The singer, 28, is charged with possession of crack cocaine, heroin, cannabis and ketamine.
Doherty also appears to have breached conditions of bail, which banned him from living in London.
He had agreed to stay with friends in Somerset while he continued drugs treatment until his sentencing.
The singer was a back-seat passenger in a car which was pulled over by police in Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London.
Scotland Yard said officers were investigating a number of alleged drugs found in the vehicle. A 25-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man were also arrested. The three were being held in custody.
Doherty's self-styled literary agent, Paul Roundhill, groaned "Oh no, not again" when he learned of the arrest.
Roundhill said he had not seen the singer for a few weeks but he had seemed to be getting over his drug problems.
Roundhill said Doherty did not deserve to go to jail, as he was the "victim" of an illness.
He said: "It's an awful situation. When I last saw Pete he seemed to be in great form. He really wants to do the right thing — he's quite a high-minded individual. It's just really sad; he had been getting better."
He added: "It tends to be the people who commercially benefit from his work who have the say on what treatment he has."
'A lot calmer'
At his last court appearance, district judge Davinder Lachhar told Doherty: "I have either a custodial sentence or a community order in mind... depending on what information I have."
Speaking to the BBC's Jonathan Ross recently, Doherty said: "My life's a lot calmer now. There's one thing hanging over my head still. It's a bit unfortunate but I'm up in court again for the same old thing. But on the whole, things are better now because of a combination of the way I live my life and the way I view it… and not getting caught."
- Jailed for six months after breaking into the flat of Libertines band mate Carl Barat. Served two months.
- Pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon. Given four-month sentence, suspended for a year.
- Arrested for robbery and blackmail of documentary maker Max Carlish, who made a film about Doherty and alleged the singer beat him up.
- Doherty spends five nights in prison before being bailed.
- The case is dropped.
- Spared jail after pleading guilty to seven charges of possessing drugs including heroin, crack and cannabis.
- Charges relate to three arrests in previous 15 months.
- Sentenced to rehabilitation programme, including monthly drug testing and a 12-month community order.
- Charged with seven counts of possession of heroin, crack and cannabis after arrests in Clapton in December and January.
20 April 2006
- Sentenced to two years' supervision and 18 months' drug rehabilitation for Clapton arrests.
Three hours later
- Held again on suspicion of possessing drugs.
- Arrested on suspicion of injecting a fan with drugs but case later dropped.
- Warned he faces jail after admitting five more class-A drugs charges following raid on his home. Ordered to attend the Priory clinic.
- Fined £1,200 (Dh8,740) after admitting to assaulting a female reporter.
- Fined £770 (Dh5,600) for drugs offences and disqualified from driving for four months.
- Charged with possessing drugs — heroin, cannabis, crack as well as ketamine.
- Had also been arrested for driving his Jaguar in Kensington with no insurance or MoT certificate. Awaiting sentence.
August 8 2007
- Warned he has only one more chance to clean up his act.
- At West London magistrates' court, district judge Davinder Lachhar said: "If he does not show the motivation in four weeks, it will be prison."