Support band strip-searched in 'SAS raid'
Littl’ans have spoken after been caught-up in Saturday night’s(October 1) police raid on the Babyshambles tour.
As previously reported, Pete Doherty was arrested over the weekend following an overnight operation by drug squad officers, and taken to Telford police station, where he was interviewed by officers.
Doherty was released on bail yesterday (October 2), saying: “It’s just some sort of mistake” and adding that the law was “a pain”.
Littl’ans, who are opening for Babyshambles on their current tour, were also involved in the raid.
In a statement from the band, they revealed: “At 1:30 am after leaving their gig in Shrewsbury, Littl’ans‘ bus was raided in an SAS style bust by West Mercia police. The bus was stopped in the middle of the road just outside the town centre by ten police officers in combat clothing and truncheons drawn.”
They added: “Eight police cars surrounded the bus as the officers boarded and cuffed all members. The band were taken to Shrewsbury police station where they were strip searched. Also at the station were members of Babyshambles. Three hours later and after blushes from police officers the band were allowed on their way without charge.”
Babyshambles were forced to abandon their gig last night at the University Of East Anglia (October 2) because Doherty was left with no time to make it from Shropshire to Norwich, however Babyshambles‘ spokesperson insisted that the band’s current UK tour will continue as planned.
“The tour will continue as normal from Southend on Tuesday (October 4),” they explained.