Nicked outside the Pope's gaff for wearing 'I Love Satan' t-shirts...

Cradle Of Filth were arrested by armed police at the Vatican in Rome last Wednesday (November 25) for wearing ‘I Love Satan’ T-shirts in the Holy City.

The satanic rockers – who recently starred in the BBC2 documentary Living With The Enemy – were in the middle of a photo session when they were pounced on by officers bearing sub-machine guns.

As well as the lead singer DANI FILTH‘s t-shirt, they were also said to have taken offence at keyboard player LES ‘LECTER’ FILTH‘s dog collar. The band were in the middle of doing a photo shoot when the incident happened. Band manager FAY WOOLVEN told NME: “We were surrounded by the guards and they started pointing sub-machine guns at us and took our passports.

“They were going absolutely crazy, saying ‘this is obscene’. They asked us what kind of music it was and when one of the band told them it was ‘evil music’, I quickly had to explain it was just rock music.”

The situation then worsened when Dani produced his laminate stage pass to prove his identity – it read ‘Desire Me Like Satan’ and featured a naked female covered with blood and nailed to a cross.

“It didn’t help the cause at all because the band were due on stage for a gig in Rome. They detained us for about an hour, they wanted to make us suffer and kept threatening to throw us in jail,” Fay continued.

However, the band were eventually released and made their gig on time. A spokesman for the Vatican would not confirm or deny the reports.

Dani Filth told NME: “Out of the eight policemen there was only one guy who could speak English and he was a fan of rock. If it hadn’t been for him we could still be stuck in the Vatican.”

The Filth round off their Euorpean tour with two special Black Christmas shows at Sheffield Corporation Nightclub (December 16) and Glasgow Garage (17).

Support at both shows comes from NAPALM DEATH and Norwegian black metal supergroup BORKNAGAR.

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