Sir Paul McCartney is still feeling the effects of being caught carrying marijuana through customs - 23 years after the event.

In his rock'n'roll heyday, the former BEATLES songwriter was caught with 224 grams (eight ounces) of hash in his hand luggage at Tokyo airport in 1980 - and the multi-millionaire still has to ensure embarassing security cheeks every time he goes through customs.

He admits, "The worst thing about being busted is that you go on computer records. Every time I go to America they see my name on the database and I have to sit with the aliens in customs.

"It's a bit embarassing - and what's more, the stuff's never going to come off my records."