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Pete may lose Libertine.

Byline: HELEN COOK

TAKING a bow, rock star Pete Doherty was still playing to the crowd yesterday after learning he may face jail for a knife crime.

Ex-Libertines frontman Doherty, 25, saluted to photographers as he arrived at court. Once inside, he pleaded guilty to possessing a four-inch flick knife when pulled over by police as he drove home.

Frank Brazell, defending, said Doherty bought the knife - a "foolish" gift - for a friend, and had forgotten it was in his pocket.

He was a "peaceful man" with no history of violence, he added. The case was adjourned for a report.

Magistrate Penny Sinclair said: "Custody cannot be ruled out".

Outside Thames magistrates' court, Doherty, of Stepney, East London, said: "If the law was to send me to prison it wouldn't be able to look itself in the eye". He then fled through a pack of photographers.

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SALUTE: Doherty arrives for his case; ON THE RUN: Doherty legs it outside court; FOOLING: Doherty
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Date:Aug 18, 2004
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