The Libertines have issued a statement assuring fans that Pete Doherty is ''safe'' and well after he went missing on Thursday night (10.09.15).

The 'Can't Stand Me Now' singer panicked his bandmates Carl Barat, John Hassall and Gary Powell after he went AWOL when they were due on stage at The Electric Ballroom in Camden Town, London.

The indie rockers had to cancel the show and rumours spread online that Pete - who is a recovering drug addict - had locked himself in a Wetherspoon's pub toilet.

The Libertines have now reassured their supporters that Pete is OK, announcing via Twitter: ''We can assure everyone that Peter is safe. Clearly this is a private matter, but we also feel it necessary to let people know he is OK.''

The band left disgruntled fans waiting inside the venue for three hours while they frantically searched for the missing lead co-frontman, before calling off the concert.

And although he's been found, the group's planned show at the Ritz in Manchester tonight (11.09.15) is still off.

A statement posted on Facebook stated: ''Due to unforeseen circumstances The Libertines have had to postpone their sold out shows at the Electric Ballroom in Camden and at the Ritz in Manchester tomorrow night. Peter, Carl, John and Gary apologise whole heartedly to their fans and will reschedule both shows as soon as possible. This will not affect any of The Libertines other commitments. HQ.''

The gigs were part of The Libertines intimate gig tour to promote their third album 'Anthems For Doomed Youth' - which was released today.