Moss Will Not Face Drugs Trial
Byline: By David Barrett
Supermodel Kate Moss will not be charged over claims that she took cocaine, prosecutors announced yesterday.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said there was "insufficient evidence" to proceed.
The development highlighted a glaring loophole in the law on dealing with drug-takers.
A CPS chief said video evidence showed an "absolutely clear indication" that Moss was using controlled drugs and providing them to others.
But they could not prosecute because they did not know if the substance was cocaine, ecstasy or amphetamine.
The move came despite a pledge by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair to tackle middle-class users of the drug.
He had promised the decision on the multi-millionaire supermodel would take into account her effect on "impressionable young people".
A CPS spokeswoman said: "Following a detailed and thorough review of all the available evidence, the CPS has decided there is insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction against the model Kate Moss over allegations involving drugs."
She added that the Met had "conducted all reasonable inquiries" into alleged use and supply of drugs by Moss at a recording studio in Chiswick High Road, west London, last September.
Tory MP Anne Widdecombe dismissed the decision as "absolute nonsense" and claimed the authorities had been looking for an excuse not to charge the Croydon-born model.
CPS London's director of serious casework Rene Barclay said there was an "absolutely clear indication" that Moss was using controlled drugs and providing them to others.
But video footage of Moss's activities could not prove whether the substance was cocaine, ecstasy or amphetamine, Mr Barclay said.
These drugs are in different categories - Classes A and B -and therefore the prosecution could not proceed because the CPS must prove beyond reasonable doubt which category of substance was being abused. …