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Still no charges in Mark Blanco death—2 years on

PUBLISHED: 16:42 31 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:44 05 October 2010

Mark Blanco lies in Intensive care at the Royal London hospital following

Mark Blanco lies in Intensive care at the Royal London hospital following "fall" ....re Pete Docherty. Pic taken by Emma Blanco

SCOTLAND Yard is still investigating the death of actor Mark Blanco nearly two years after he plunged from a balcony during a party attended by druggie rocker Pete Doherty in London's East End. Police confirmed this week that the Homicide & Specialist Crime Review group has studied the case and was making recommendations which officers are still pursuing

Gemma Collins

SCOTLAND Yard is still investigating the death of actor Mark Blanco nearly two years after he plunged from a balcony during a party attended by druggie rocker Pete Doherty in London’s East End.

Mark is pictured shortly before he died at the Royal London Hospital, his family at his bedside.

An open verdict on what happened when the 30-year-old fell from the balcony of a block of flats in Whitechapel was recorded at his inquest 10 months later.

But coroner Dr Andrew Reid recommended detectives reopen the investigations after hearing conflicting evidence at the inquest.

Scotland Yard confirmed this week that the Met’s Homicide and Specialist Crime Review group has studied the case and was making recommendations which officers are still pursuing. A final report is to be passed to the coroner.

December will mark the second anniversary of Mark’s death after he fell from the balcony at Paul Roundhill’s flat in Romford Street, Whitechapel.

Just hours earlier, Mark had been thrown out of the party after a bust-up with Roundhill, rock star Doherty and Doherty’s minder’ Johnny Headlock’ Jeannevol. A few hours later he was dead.

Mark’s mother, Sheila Blanco, has relentlessly pursued a personal investigation since his death after police initially ruled out foul play.

But her persistence paid off when the case was reopened last October after the coroner’s recommendations to police.

Scotland Yard revealed this week there were still no changes in connection with the case. They are studying recommendations by the specialist crime review group.

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