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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 May, 2004, 16:54 GMT 17:54 UK
Top literary agent found murdered
Rod Hall
Mr Hall failed to turn up for appointments on Sunday
A murder inquiry is under way into the death of a well-known literary agent found stabbed to death at his home.

Rod Hall, 53, was found dead on Sunday at his home in Southwark, south London. Police said he had been stabbed several times.

Mr Hall represented the writers of UK films such as The Full Monty and Billy Elliot, and TV's Men Behaving Badly.

Police were called by a friend who reported he had failed to keep some of his appointments.

They appealed to anyone who had seen him during his last known movements on Friday in the Borough area of London.

Mr Hall's body was found in an upstairs room at his flat in Prioress Street at 2100 on Sunday. He lived there alone.

Det Ch Insp Colin Dell, of the Metropolitan police, said police were keeping an open mind about the motive for the murder.

"I need to build up a complete picture of his activities and would be glad to hear from anyone who can provide any information," he said.

Anyone with information should call the incident room at Lewisham on 020 8721 4905, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The BBC's Luisa Baldini
"Police say they're keeping an open mind about the motive"

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