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Libertines rocker and Margate resident Pete Doherty arrested in Paris for 'buying cocaine in 3am street deal'

Libertines rocker Pete Doherty has been arrested in Paris during an alleged '3am street drug deal' witnessed by police.

The British musician, who lives in Margate and is about to open The Albion Rooms hotel in Eastern Esplanade, was said to be drunk and in possession of cocaine when approached by officers.

Pete Doherty outside court when he was banned from driving
Pete Doherty outside court when he was banned from driving

According to Mail Online, he was arrested in the Pigalle district, home to the famous Moulin Rouge.

A source told the publication he was carrying two grams of cocaine.

"The allegation is that he was involved in an illegal street transaction at the time.

"He was drunk and did not comply with the police to begin with, but was eventually taken to a police car."

A spokesman for Paris prosecutors confirmed that Doherty was 'placed in detention' in the early hours of Friday morning and faced drug related charges.

Pete Doherty
Pete Doherty

Just last month the singer was hit with a fine of £9,228 after being caught speeding four times in just three weeks.

The musician blamed a broken dashboard light, claiming the fault meant he could not see how fast he was driving each time he was flashed by a speed camera on the same 30mph stretch in Cliftonville.

But his excuses failed to help him avoid a six-month driving ban and fines after it emerged he already had nine penalty points on his licence.

In August, Doherty opened his bar The Waste Land at The Libertines' property in Eastern Esplanade.

The band bought the building in 2016 and have renovated it to include 10 rooms, a bar and recording studio spread over five storeys.

The hotel is expected to be completed in 2020 with the rooms and restaurant expected to open in the early part of the year.

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