Strictly's Gorka Marquez 'yet to report' Blackpool attack to police

A Strictly Come Dancing star assaulted after a show is yet to make a formal complaint to police, a force has said.

Gorka Marquez needed dental surgery after two of his lower jaw front teeth were badly chipped in the attack in Blackpool.

The BBC said he was attacked by a gang of youths while reportedly walking to a nightclub with colleagues on Saturday.

The 26-year-old Spaniard was in the Lancashire resort for a live edition of from Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

A Lancashire Police spokesperson said: “We have checked CCTV and spoken to the club and inquiries continue.

“We have had no formal complaint from Mr Marquez.”

‘Bad experience’

After the attack, Marquez 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!”

The BBC said he had been “sadly the victim of an unprovoked incident”.

Mr Marquez 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.

The pair were eliminated in the second round but Marquez has continued to appear in the programme as part of the weekly group routines.

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