REID BANS RAP STAR SNOOP FROM BRITAIN; 3AM EXCLUSIVE Thousands of Fans Set to Miss out on UK Tour

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Byline: By CAROLINE HEDLEY

HOME Office Minister John Reid has banned rapper Snoop Dogg from entering Britain - throwing the star's UK tour into chaos.

He is now barred from the country for life after his involvement in a mass brawl at Heathrow Airport last April that left several police officers injured.

But more than 65,000 fans have already bought tickets for next week's Heavyweights Of Hip-Hop dates featuring Snoop and P Diddy.

And official outlets were still selling the few remaining tickets for the shows last night on the basis of Snoop's headline appearance.

A Home Office source said: "This is not the first time that Snoop Dogg has been refused entry to the UK.

"He has a history of serious criminal activity in the US and is facing charges of possessing a firearm and having cocaine on his person. The Home Office does not treat people differently because they're celebrities.

"If Snoop Dogg does turn up at a UK port he will be turned away."

A spokesman for the tour, which kicked off in Paris last week, said: "P Diddy and Snoop cannot believe it. They've been all over Europe playing to over 100,000 fans without incident. …