I tracked down one of the surviving policemen who was part of the search team that night to learn more.

Don Rambridge was then a young detective constable.

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The relationship limped on, but Marianne, jealous over Mick’s ongoing affair with Marsha Hunt and continued rumours about his flirtation with Anita Pallenberg, began an affair with an Italian artist called Mario Schifano. Now hopelessly addicted to heroin, she lost custody of her son Nicholas, and within months she was living on the street.

She slept rough for two years in a seedy alley in Soho.

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Now retired and in his mid-70s, he retains the policeman’s forensic memory for the events of nearly half a century ago.

He was one of 18 Sussex officers acting on a tip-off that Jagger, Richards, plus five male friends and Miss Faithfull — the lone female — were involved in a drugs party at the house at which ‘Sunshine’, a new form of LSD, was being taken.‘We knocked on the door and were allowed in and wandered around,’ remembers Mr Rambridge.

But, as she admitted in a candid magazine interview this week, it could all have been so different today if she had stayed with Mick.

She says she blames the collapse of their relationship and her subsequent spectacular downfall on the events of one night in February, 1967 — the night when she and Jagger were caught up in the notorious drugs bust at Redlands, the country home of Mick’s Rolling Stones bandmate Keith Richards.‘That drugs raid really damaged me,’ she told Q magazine.

It is a curious, municipal-looking building in the centre of a one-way system that puts on obscure, low-budget, theatrical productions of the type frequented by bearded night-school lecturers and ageing bluestockings who pay as little as £3.20 for the cheapest standing tickets But for the past four months, this unlikely venue has been a home-from-home for Marianne Faithfull, who is performing here as the lead singer in the Bertolt Brecht-Kurt Weill ballet The Seven Deadly Sins.