Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

POLICE DRAW A BLANK ON KATE; No One Will Give Evidence in Cocaine Inquiry

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

POLICE DRAW A BLANK ON KATE; No One Will Give Evidence in Cocaine Inquiry

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Byline: RICHARD EDWARDS;ROBERT MENDICK

POLICE have failed to find any witnesses who are willing to testify that they saw Kate Moss snorting cocaine at a London recording studio.

The final file has been submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service, which is expected to decide within the next 10 days whether to charge the 32-year-old supermodel.

It marks the end of an eight-month police investigation which it is estimated cost at least [pounds sterling]100,000.

Moss was interviewed by police under caution on 31 January. It is believed she refused to answer questions on any specific allegations concerning what happened in the studio four months earlier.

It is now feared the refusal of witnesses to give evidence to detectives seriously undermines the chances of a successful prosecution. Police believe they have accounted for all the people in the studio on the night Moss was caught on a hidden camera allegedly snorting cocaine.

But none has given an eyewitness account, including sound engineers at the Metropolis studio in Chiswick where Moss's on-off boyfriend Pete Doherty was recording a new album with his band Babyshambles.

The Evening Standard has spoken to one witness who claims Moss was secretly filmed by a onetime close acquaintance of Doherty.

It is thought he then sold the tape to the Daily Mirror for about [pounds sterling]150,000.

But the witness has refused to "go on the record" and confirm his story to detectives.

Images of Moss appeared in the Mirror in September, prompting her to quit Britain temporarily and spend a month in an addiction treatment clinic in the US.

Police still believe they have compiled enough evidence to secure a conviction against Moss but fear the case will never come to court.

One police source said: "It's a no-win situation. If she is prosecuted people will say 'why pick on her and not the thousands of other drug users in London? …

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