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01/12/2016 -East London Advertiser

‘Re-enact my son’s death’ Mark Blanco’s mum urges, 10 years on from suspect fall at Whitechapel

6/11/2016 Daily Mail

Forensic expert launches new bid to prove an aspiring actor WAS murdered when he plunged from a balcony at a party attended by Pete Doherty

  • Mark Blanco fell from balcony at a London party attended by rock star
  • Coroner ruled out suicide, police investigations have been inconclusive
  • CCTV expert John Kennedy wants police to reenact Mr Blanco’s death

5/11/2016 The Guardian

Police urged to reconstruct death fall at Pete Doherty party

Forensic expert argues restaging could show whether Mark Blanco fell or was pushed from balcony 10 years ago

03/12/2015 -East London Advertiser

Mark Blanco’s killing in Whitechapel—a mother still waits 9 years on for justice

04/12/2014 -East London Advertiser

Call for Home Office probe into Mark Blanco’s death at Pete Doherty party in Whitechapel.

30/06/2014 – The Observer

Pete Doherty, the death of Mark Blanco and a mother’s long fight for the truth
It’s a list that begins with Doherty and ends with the Metropolitan police. Strange bedfellows in a protracted and disturbing tragedy

4/12/2013 – Feminist Times

Mothers who fight for Justice: Sheila Blanco
Baroness Doreen Lawrence, Dr Sara Payne MBE, Christine Lord, Kate McCann, Winnie Johnson. All these mothers have fought, and continue to fight, on behalf of their children who have passed away or disappeared in tragic circumstances. A mother demanding justice is a powerful force. She can embarrass establishments, shame perpetrators, change the law – but what is the personal cost of devoting one’s life to ‘justice’ and why do some mothers fight?

14/11/2013 The Oldie

December Diary – One Year On
Blanco: latest developments

Police investigating the death of actor Mark Blanco, who fell from a balcony in suspicious circumstances at a party in 2006, have admitted to his mother that they are only now starting to review new evidence broadcast on Newsnight almost a year ago.
The Newsnight report (reviewed at the time by our award-winning TV critic) contained interviews of several witnesses from the east London party held by drug dealer Paul Roundhill and attended by the pop star Pete Doherty and his minder. It also commissioned analysis of the CCTV footage taken outside the flat from US-based expert video analyst, Grant Fredericks.
Fredericks concluded that ‘the images strongly suggest that one person is leaning far over the balcony as Blanco’s body is moving outward and downward from the balcony railing.’ James Saunders, the Blanco family’s solicitor, wrote to the Crown Prosecution Service earlier this year to alert them to the new evidence. He told the CPS, ‘Although the identity of the person behind Mark Blanco is not revealed by the enhancement, the knowledge that there was such a person confirms Mrs Blanco’s view that this is a homicide case.

‘The throwing of a passive person over a balcony, onto a pavement below, must be a dangerous act at the very least, and is more suggestive of murder.’

After repeatedly calling for a new investigation into the case, Mark’s mother Sheila Blanco recently received an admission that the investigating police officer has only just received the discs containing the Newsnight report and Fredericks’s review. Detective Superintendent Fiona Mallon wrote to tell Mrs Blanco that the police received the discs on 13th October, adding that ‘Police were previously not aware that the tapes existed.
I understand that Jenny Hopkins [Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor] of the Crown Prosecution Service will be writing to apologise for the delay on their part in passing the discs onto police and for failing to make police aware of their existence until now.’

One might have hoped that the police’s investigating officer would have noticed Newsnight’s high profile media investigation and asked for the evidence directly. But alas, no. Mrs Blanco believes the police letter and CPS activity are partly in response to the recent flurry of media articles about the Blanco case and partly thanks to a letter of complaint her solicitor wrote to the DPP Keir Starmer about the police delays.
She tells us, ‘Police have dismissed other evidence that I’ve put to them as irrelevant. They are in a real mess with this case. They’re now starting to realise, after all these years, that I’m not going away.’

Mrs Blanco is calling on the police to conduct further tests using ‘calibrated reverse projection analysis’ to further enhance the CCTV footage. DS Mallon told her that the case’s investigating officer would now seek expert digital advice and would review the interviews in the Newsnight report.

21/10/2013 – NME

Mark Blanco’s family calls for new enquiry after his death at a party with Pete Doherty The actor’s mother says further analysis could prove that his death was not an accident

20/10/2013 – Mail Online

Mother of man who died at Pete Doherty party says there is CCTV evidence that can prove her son’s death was not an accident