Police probe Oasis theft claim

The rock band Oasis have called in the police to investigate an attempt to sell a pirate copy of tracks from their next album to a national newspaper, according to a band spokesman. The claim comes as work continues on the third album - about which the band have been highly secretive - at a studio in Hampstead, north-west London.

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: "Police at Hampstead have received an allegation of theft from business premises at Hampstead. "Inquiries are still at an early stage. Hampstead CID are handling it and we are not discussing it any further."