So Solid Crew rapper SHANE NEIL has had long-standing firearms and drug charges against him dropped.

The R'n'B star, who raps under the name KAISH, was arrested in London last November (02), and subsequently accused of possessing a gun and ammunition with intent to supply crack cocaine - even though no drugs or guns were found on him and searches of his home unearthed nothing.

He was held on remand for six months, only to be cleared yesterday (4JUN03) - on the eve of his trial - when London's SOUTHWARK CROWN COURT ruled out evidence based on lip-read images from closed-circuit camera footage.

Neil is now taking action against Britain's criminal prosecution services.

His solicitor MICHAEL SHWAZ says, "Clearly Shane should never have been arrested. We are considering whether we can pursue this further."

05/06/2003 13:42