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The presenter said she recognised details of the supposed ‘fake’, bought for just £400 from her work on a programme about the 17th century master

The Dando inquiry 55 days on - and all the police have are just theories

IN A second-storey office where the breeze was blowing through a balcony window, a dozen men and women were busy at their desks yesterday trying to solve what has become one of Britain's most notorious murders.

Letter: Good grief!

Sir: You report today (17 May) that the BBC "will be setting up a victim support line for those who want to talk about their grief" having watched the Crimewatch UK broadcast which would have been presented by Jill Dando. By what distortion of even the vocabulary of recreational grief can television viewers be regarded as "victims" of Jill Dando's murder? Who precisely are the "victims" who will take part in the "brief and simple tribute" to the murdered presenter?

Dando footage is used in TV plea

JILL DANDO made an eerie appeal to the public to solve her own murder on the BBC's Crimewatch programme which last night staged a reconstruction of her death.

Is It Worth It... Beanie Babies

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Fiance's grief at murder of `perfect Jill'

ALAN FARTHING, the fiance of Jill Dando, spoke of his disbelief and devastation yesterday over the murder of the BBC television presenter.

Dando Shooting: Killer waited an hour to strike

JILL DANDO was shot dead by someone using a hollow-point bullet fired from a 9mm handgun fitted with a silencer - details that point overwhelmingly to the work of a hitman.

Death by television

`The silly sentiment that makes television viewers feel that they knew Jill Dando is not so different from the corrupted obsession that ended in blame and hate and murder'

Obituary: Jill Dando

THE COVER of this week's Radio Times shows a 37-year-old woman at the prime of her professional career and about to take the most significant step of her personal life. Jill Dando was moving on from the Holiday programme, where she had become part of the nation's consciousness, synonymous with entertaining, yet insightful, reports from around the world, to her new series, Antiques Inspectors. The move was in part because she planned to marry her boyfriend, Alan Farthing, in September. She told the magazine that "getting married this autumn was certainly an additional incentive to spend rather more time in England".

Dando Murder: Murder may have been work of professional hitman

THE MANNER of Jill Dando's death led to suspicion last night that her killer was a professional hitman.

Dando Murder: `Jill was always surprised at how cruel people could be'

I LAST saw Jill on Tuesday. Actually she saw me first. Someone pinched my bottom. I turned round and it was Jill, grinning. We chatted about her wedding. Everything was great. She had this new antiques programme starting. She was so relieved to be stopping Holiday. I think it had taken her a lot of time to build up to resigning but, once she had made the decision, there were no regrets. She was in high spirits. She was so looking forward to having her life back.

Remember, it's your nightmare

Crimewatch's eight million viewers know they just might recognise someone.

Sunday service

You always wonder, don't you, what tourists do on Sundays? Despite the relaxation of trading laws, the Keep Sunday Holy brigade has done an effective job of keeping the streets dead in the latter half of the weekend.

Outlook: Register is a good start

The Antiques Roadshow collided with Whitehall yesterday and the result, accompanied by plenty of oohing and aahing, was the National Asset Register. This is a 550-page record of everything the Government owns, right down to the last shredding machine, forklift truck, Polaris submarine (one careful owner, end of Cold War forces sale) and Stubbs oil. Alastair Darling, the saturnine Chief Secretary to the Treasury, makes an unlikely Hugh Sculley. But even he could barely suppress the odd gasp of avaricious excitement as the booty was checked over

Prison service resignation

One of the Prison Service's most senior managers resigned his post yesterday, becoming the latest penal expert to call for a Royal Commission on crime and punishment to "untangle crime and punishment from the politics of law and order".

Prison manager quits in despair

One of the Prison Service's most senior managers resigned his post in despair yesterday, declaring he could no longer be part of a process hijacked by the lowest form of politics and obsessed with locking more and more people up.
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