Pete Doherty's band Babyshambles have cancelled the final three gigs of their UK tour.

The F**K FOREVER hitmakers have been at the centre of a media whirlwind since frontman Doherty's on/off girlfriend Kate Moss was photographed purportedly snorting cocaine and insist they need to take a break.

The band have issued a statement which reads: "Due to a very heavy touring schedule and the constant pressure and continued harassment from outside sources, the band have unfortunately made the decision to cancel the shows this weekend (15-16OCT05) in Norwich, Coventry and London's Koko.

"The decision has not been taken lightly and the band apologises to their fans for any inconvenience caused, especially to those in Norwich as this gig has already been rescheduled from October 2 after Peter was held by the police in Shrewsbury (01OCT05) and was unable to make the journey from Shrewsbury to Norwich in time. Refunds will be available from point of purchase."

The band expect to release their debut album DOWN IN ALBION on November 14 (05).