British R+B outfit 411 are panning a controversial return to the charts as a three-piece after secretly axing blonde singer Carolyn Owlett from the group.

The DUMB hitmakers, who were dumped by their record company Sony this year (05) after their third single TEARDROPS only made number 23 in the UK singles chart, will make their 2006 comeback as a threesome made up of Suzie Furlonger, Tanya Boniface and Tisha Martin.

But the news has infuriated former singer Owlett, who denies the split was amicable.

She says, "They never told me about it, which is a bit out of order.

"They couldn't even be bothered to pick up the phone. I heard from fans."