Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Doherty thanks Thatcher as he leaves the clink

Musician Pete Doherty walked free from prison today saying he was drug-free and handing a sarcastic 'thank you' to Margaret Thatcher.

The 29-year-old Babyshambles singer walked out of Wormwood Scrubs prison in London early in the morning dressed in suit and tie and carrying his belongings in a duffel bag.

He had just finished serving 29 days of a 14-week sentence for breaching his probation and was greeted by throngs of reporters and photographers.

Doherty was heard uttering: "Thank you Mrs Thatcher for putting me in the company of the most dangerous criminals in the country."

He also showed waiting reporters a certificate saying he had passed a drugs test while locked up.

His freedom means he can now play at Glastonbury Festival in Somerset next month.

Reporters later caught up with Doherty at his rented home in Wiltshire where he was seen relaxing in more cosy surroundings.

He reportedly said he was looking forward to a rum and coke and seeing his pet cats after his spell inside.

In October 2007 he had been given a suspended sentence for drug and driving offences, and landed in hot water again after missing a probation appointment.

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