Hip hop stars P Diddy and Snoop Dogg have been forced to cancel a series of joint gigs in the UK because of visa problems.

The duo, two of the biggest rap stars in the world, will now not make the trip across the Atlantic after Snoop, real name Calvin Broadus, was denied entry.

Last year Snoop caused chaos at Heathrow airport after members of his entourage were arrested for "violent disorder and affray".

The posse reportedly lashed out after being refused entry to British Airways' first class lounge.

Snoop, who has had a number of run-ins with the police and faced murder charges at the beginning of his music career, has admitted he used to deal drugs and was a member of LA's notorious Crips gang.

However, he has travelled freely to the UK many times and was due to share the stage with 'Puffy' in London on Wednesday night before playing four other dates.

In an interview with MTV he revealed his disappointment and frustration at the decision: "They knew I was coming six, seven weeks ago, so they could have denied me access then.

"I cannot control my past - me being an ex-gang member, ex-drug dealer - but I know how to do what's right, how to turn my life around," he added.

Tour promoters said they had sought to reverse the decision but had met with resistance from authorities and those with tickets for the British leg are now set to be offered refunds.

The tour is set to resume on March 31st in Dublin.

27/03/2007 10:25:08