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Did Keith Richards break smoking ban?

A Scottish city council will probe whether Stones guitarist lit up backstage at a concert.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Keith Richards may have violated Scotland’s smoking ban by lighting up during a Rolling Stones concert.

The Glasgow City Council said Sunday it heard from journalists that the 62-year-old guitarist was smoking during a Friday night performance.

“It’s been brought to our attention that he was smoking, and we’ll be looking into it,” a council spokesman said on condition of anonymity, in keeping with city policy. “We do take our responsibilities for enforcement very seriously.”

Scotland’s ban on smoking in enclosed public places, including theaters and sports venues, took effect in March. Violators can be fined up to $95.

The spokesman did not know whether the journalists who spoke to the council had been at the concert, part of the band’s “A Bigger Bang” tour.

No one answered the phone Sunday at the offices of Richards’ publicists, LD Communications in London.

In the Scottish capital, officials warned during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival earlier this month that they would close down a theater if actor Mel Smith lit a cigar during his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the play “Allegiance.” Smith eventually agreed to keep the cigar unlit.