Sunday, May 2, 1999 Published at 00:37 GMT 01:37 UK
Dando 'may have known killer'
Police want to trace a Range Rover captured by a CCTV camera
Detectives investigating the murder of BBC presenter Jill Dando say they are not ruling out the possibility that she knew the man behind her murder.
But Scotland Yard refuted claims by the News of the World newspaper that police believe that the killer was a former male friend, who was jealous of her recent engagement. Ms Dando was going to marry gynaecologist Alan Farthing later this year.
"But what we have said with regards to the motive is that we are keeping an open mind."
The Sunday Times newspaper said investigations had been under way after a witness said they saw a man matching the killer's description acting suspiciously. He was then reported to drive away in a two-seater BMW Z3 minutes before the murder.
The sighting, twice in the area near Ms Dando's house, was reported in the newspaper, which named the witness. But Scotland Yard's spokeswoman said: "We would not name anyone we have spoken to or otherwise in connection to the investigation.
More than 1,000 members of the public have telephoned the police in connection with the murder, following Friday's release of a computer-generated picture of the prime suspect.
And detectives are reportedly looking at a possible link with a similar hitman-style murder five years ago in Surrey.
But they admitted on Friday that they still had no firm evidence to link Monday's shooting to a clear motive.
Mr Campbell said: "I am not ruling out any line of inquiry. There's no intelligence that the murder relates to the Serbian and Kosovan crisis."