DOWN BOY! Snoop Dogg Banned by BA for Life after Fracas in VIP Lounge

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DOWN BOY! Snoop Dogg Banned by BA for Life after Fracas in VIP Lounge


Byline: By JEFF EDWARDS Chief Crime Correspondent

SNOOP Dogg was banned for life yesterday by British Airways over his minders' brawl with Heathrow police.

Seven officers were hurt - one of whom broke a hand - when some of his boozy 30-strong entourage forced their way into a VIP lounge.

The gangsta rapper, 34, and five pals were yesterday freed on bail after spending the night in cells.

But an airline spokesman fumed yesterday: "This kind of behaviour is not tolerated.

"We are making sure none of this group will be allowed to travel with BA ever again. They are banned from now on."

The louts later ran amok in a duty-free shop, looting cigarettes and booze and smashing bottles.

Police sources likened the ugly scenes to "a mini-riot". At one stage riot police needed pepper spray to subdue the louts.

Violence erupted when the group - flying from Los Angeles to South Africa via London - tried to enter a first-class lounge despite many having economy tickets.

When British Airways staff refused them entry, some threatened them and simply barged past.

Police with dogs were attacked as they arrived to eject them. Further clashes broke out at the Terminal 1 duty-free store.

A police source revealed yesterday: "A number of the group appeared to have got off the LA flight the worse for drink.

"They tried to intimidate their way into the lounge and when they were refused they turned ugly.

"When we arrived there was a mini-riot. Several of the mob went berserk, ran into a duty-free shop and started smashing it up.

"Others were said to have stolen bottles of spirits and other stuff.

"As we tried to calm things down and make arrests, several officers were kicked, punched and threatened with bottles. …

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