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Murder of TV actress

The brother of former EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie, found dead in a canal, pleaded guilty today to her manslaughter.

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Judge: 'Family must have closure'

Regent's Canal in east London. Credit: PA

The judge said the trial must not be further delayed. He said: "The family must have closure."

Mr McCluskie lived in Peter Street, Hackney, east London, with his 29-year-old sister.

She went missing after attending the £650 million opening of the new Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London.

Her limbless body was seen floating in the water a week later.

Miss McCluskie played Kerry Skinner in the BBC soap in 2001.

The defendant joined friends who launched extensive searches across east London to find her.

Former EastEnders co-stars Natalie Cassidy and Brooke Kinsella both appealed on Twitter for help.

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