Pete Doherty charged with heroin possession

Tue Dec 22, 2009 12:31pm EST
 
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LONDON (Reuters) - British singer Pete Doherty has been charged with possessing heroin and released on bail, police said on Tuesday, just a day after he was fined for drink-driving.

The 30-year-old Babyshambles frontman appeared in court on Monday in Gloucester, western England, on charges of driving under the influence of drink and escaped jail.

But after admitting careless and drink-driving following a gig in the city in June, he was banned from driving for 18 months and fined 2,050 pounds ($3,300).

Police officers then immediately escorted him from the court to the police station across the road and charged him with the drugs offense.

Police said he had been charged with possession of heroin and bailed to appear in court on January 27.

Doherty, who once dated supermodel Kate Moss, has a history of drug and driving offenses and was jailed in 2008 for breaching the terms of his probation.

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White; Editing by Steve Addison)