The inevitable has happend: Dirty Pretty Things have split.

The Carl Barat-led band released a statement to saying that the four members - two of whom were in The Libertines - will be pursuing solo projects.

The band were due to play three Irish dates at the start of November (Dublin, Cork and Belfast), but it's unlikely that these gigs will now take place - although they have said that they will honour their forthcoming UK tour, which finishes on October 18th.

"It is with some sadness we announce the farewell of the Dirty Pretty Things," the statement said. "It's been a glorious three years which we all would gladly live out again, but it is time for us to try new things (not The Libertines). We are reluctant to give up touring but will give the last waltz everything. We have and are determined to go out as we came in, after which we all have other ventures to be getting on with and splendid future plans.

"Heartfelt thanks to all who made it what it was, much love and we'll see you on the road."

[UPDATE: Their Dublin date on November 3rd will go ahead - waiting for confirmation on Cork and Belfast gigs.]