Police drop Strictly's Gorka Marquez Blackpool attack probe

A police probe into an alleged assault by a gang on a Strictly Come Dancing star has been dropped.

Gorka Marquez reportedly needed dental surgery after two of his lower jaw front teeth were badly chipped when he was attacked by a gang of youths in Blackpool in November, the BBC said.

Mr Marquez did not make a formal complaint to police about the incident.

A Lancashire Police spokesperson said the force had checked CCTV from the area and found nothing.

The spokesperson said the force had “carried out a proportionate investigation which is now closed” and “no arrests” were made.

The 26-year-old Spaniard was in the Lancashire resort for a live edition of the show from Blackpool Tower Ballroom when he was the victim of an “unprovoked incident”.

A Strictly spokesman said he was getting out of a car on his way to a nightclub with colleagues when a “random group of lads” ran past and assaulted him.

Mr Marquez tweeted his fans after the incident saying it was “a bad experience” but he was “feeling better”.

The dancer made his Strictly debut in this year’s series and had been partnering EastEnders actress Tameka Empson, who plays Kim Fox in the BBC soap.

They were eliminated in the second round but he has continued to appear in the programme as part of the weekly group routines.

Mr Marquez represented Spain at the World Latin Championships in 2010 and has toured internationally with stage show Burn the Floor, according to his biography on the BBC website.

He will appear on Saturday’s grand final show when the winner of the glitter ball trophy will be chosen.

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