21/10/2013 – The Times

Call for cold-case review of Doherty party death fall

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Doherty death party: a year since I revealed fresh evidence and a bereaved mother still waits for the police to act. gu.com/p/

20/10/2013 – Evening Standard

Pete Doherty should pay for CCTV expert to examine footage that could explain my son’s death

The Observer 19/10/2013

Mark Blanco’s mother urges new inquiry into death of son at Pete Doherty party

International Business Times

New Evidence ‘Will Prove Murder of Pete Doherty Party Gatecrasher Mark Blanco’
Death plunge from east London balcony was murder and I will prove it, says victim’s mother, Sheila Blanco

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11/01/2013 Petition

Demand for Justice for Mark Blanco www.change.org
Now closed and forwarded to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner.
There has been no response.

Update December 2012

CCTV suggests death fall Mark Blanco probably ‘dropped’.
BBC Newsnight has been examining the case over the last eight months after the Crown Prosecution Service decided there was insufficient evidence to prosecute any individual.
Video is also availble on YouTube

Eight unbelievably sinister facts you may not know about junkie singer Pete Doherty

  1. On 2nd December 2006, Pete Doherty and four others, were at a party at the flat of a known Class A drug dealer, Paul Roundhill, in London. Following an altercation with Pete Doherty at the party, 30 year old actor Mark Blanco was founddying in the street, having fallen from the 1st floor balcony of the block to the ground below.

  2. Shorty after the “fall”, Pete Doherty and his entourage fled the scene, running past Mark who was lying in critical need of help in the street. They got into a taxi and left Blanco to his fate. He died 24 hours later in hospital from severe head injuries.

  3. One of the women at the party, Annabel Healdsmith, later admitted that Roundhill, Johnny Headlock and Pete Doherty all went outside together to the balcony to eject Mark from the party. The three returned but Mark did not.

  4. Pete Doherty‘s excuse for fleeing the scene was that he was in possession of drugs. That same night, he went on to commit another crime – vandalism – causing thousands of pounds worth of damage in a hotel room where he continued to party with Kate Russell-Pavier, who was celebrating her 19th birthday.

  5. Three weeks later, Johnny HeadlockPete Doherty‘s bodyguard at the time – walked into Bethnal Green police station and confessed to killing Mark. The next day he retracted his confession with the excuse that he was on drugs at the time. He was released without further questioning. Mental Hospital notes, which declared him of sound mind, have since gone missing. All three men have since said to others that Mark was killed or murdered.

  6. Pete Doherty has always enjoyed a cosy relationship with Tower Hamlets Police and curiously having appeared in court on numerous occasions for drug related crimes, burglary, theft and assault, he is treated with astounding leniency.

  7. Roundhill, a drug supplier and police informant, confessed to punching Mark during an altercation at his apartment and setting his hat on fire. He then claimed Mark was trying to make an artistic statement by committing suicide. The London Metropolitan police “accepted” this as the true version of events from their informant. Pete Doherty has since made a similar claim.

  8. A great deal of evidence submitted points to the fact that Mark was either pushed or dropped over the balcony. The police have ignored this inconvenient evidence, as well as the fact that Mark had severe vertigo and would never have volunteered to jump from the balcony. Little forensic evidence was submitted; CCTV was left unenhanced; and injury biomechanics experts’ reports were dismissed as irrelevant.

No one has ever been held accountable for Mark Blanco’s death. The Metropolitan police quickly attributed the death to an accident or suicide on the night of the tragedy. This was done without proper investigation and before interviewing key witnesses. As for a thorough investigation? Mark’s mother found the lens from her son’s glasses in the gutter outside the flat the day after he fell. The Metropolitan police were, needless to say, long gone.

Justice for Mark Blanco Petition on Change.org

The petion is now closed and has been forwarded to the Met.

Thank you to all those who have supported this.

Update June 2012

Following the CPS London decision of May 2011, detailed here on the website, Complaints regarding the Metropolitan Police Investigation into the Death of Mark Blanco were submitted to the IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) in July 2011.

“The police should treat the matter of a man’s death as worthy of investigation if the cause of death is not readily apparent, unexplained or suspicious. In the case of Mark Blanco this has not been the case.”……………. from Executive Summary, Sheila Blanco.

Work on this Complaint is still in progress.