Thursday 12 May 2011

Pete Doherty will not face criminal prosecution over the death plunge of partygoer Mark Blanco.

Relatives of Mr Blanco, 30, were said to have reacted with fury as the Crown Prosecution Service told them there was "insufficient evidence" to bring any charges over the actor's death in 2006.

The family, which has already vowed to launch private proceedings, was told by prosecutors that it could not be established that a criminal act had taken place.

Pete Doherty: Last of the Rock RomanticsMr Blanco - an actor friend of comedian Jimmy Carr - was involved in a confrontation with Doherty, the star's minder Johnny Jeannevol and Paul Roundhill at a party shortly before his death, investigations showed. But the three denied any wrongdoing.

The family, which said it had evidence that Mr Blanco was unlawfully killed, launched a lengthy campaign for justice after two police reports and an inquest failed to establish exactly what triggered his fall from a balcony in Whitechapel, east London.

But in a meeting at the CPS' central London headquarters, Jenny Hopkins, head of the organisation's complex casework, said: "None of the evidence is capable of establishing to the required standard that Mr Blanco was thrown or pushed from the balcony or that any other individual was present at the time he fell.

"If any further evidence does come to light, we will, of course, review our decision in accordance with our normal practices.

Mother Sheila Blanco accused police of staging a cover-up as she said she was "disappointed but not surprised" by the CPS decision.

"It is a police cover-up - I really did not expect anything better," she said.

"What we do in the future is not yet clear."