Police close probe into 'assault' on Strictly dancer after receiving no complaint and being unable to find the attack on CCTV

  • Claims were made that the Strictly dancer was attacked after Blackpool show
  • He didn't make a complaint to the police but show source said he was beaten up
  • Police say they have reviewed CCTV and have concluded their investigation

It was reported last month that Strictly Come Dancing star Gorka Marquez had been assaulted after a show in Blackpool

An investigation into an alleged attack on Strictly Come Dancing star Gorka Marquez has been dropped by police after they could not find any evidence.

An unnamed friend of the dancer had said that Gorka had been 'battered by thugs' following a show in Blackpool, Lancashire, and had two teeth broken.

However police have failed to find CCTV footage of the attack which was said to have taken place on November 19 just hours after live filming of the show.

The 26-year-old Spaniard never reported the incident to police.

It was reported at the time that he was attacked while walking into Flamingo's nightclub with colleagues.

However a spokesman for the TV show said Gorka had been getting out a car when a 'random group of lads' ran past him and attacked him.

Gorka refused to make a formal complaint to police following the incident, saying he 'just wants to move on'.

An extensive review of CCTV footage from inside and outside the nightclub in Blackpool revealed no evidence of the attack and police were unable to speak to anyone allegedly involved in the incident.

Gorka with dancing partner Tameka Empson during filming for this year's series of the show

The alleged assault was said to have happened at Flamingo night club on November 19

Following the incident Gorka tweeted: 'Thanks for all your kind messages and support about Blackpool.

'It was a bad experience but I'm feeling better and just want to look forward to the show on Saturday.'

Basil Newby, owner of Flamingo's, said: 'In previous years they have had an after-show party at the club. This year they phoned to say they weren't, but there will be a few who come and would they be able to get in.

'A few of the crew came in, and I can only presume they sent Gorka a message asking if he wanted to join them, but he never turned up.

'As soon as I found out about [the alleged attack] I knew I would have recognised him because I watch Strictly, and I thought it was weird.

'Then the manager came in and I asked we could look at the CCTV. We went through it and he definitely did not come in. There was no sign whatsoever.'

The couple had been voted off the show but Gorka had carried on appearing in other dances

Lancashire Police tweeted this message today after closing their investigation into the claims

Mr Newby added: 'The police came and got the CCTV footage. They said to me they didn't even know where it had happened.

'If you got beaten up the first thing you'd do is call the police. What's maddening is it has tarnished us and it has knocked Blackpool.

'I don't think it's been good publicity for the town because it has been in all the national newspapers and it makes us look awful. That's not the case.'

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: 'We have carried out a proportionate investigation which is now closed. No arrests have been made.

'We have never received a complaint from the victim and any injuries sustained would seem to be of a minor nature.

'We will always take reports of crime seriously and would urge anyone who has been a victim to come forward so they can assist us in our enquiries.'

 

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