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Monday, May 10, 1999 Published at 12:43 GMT 13:43 UK


UK

Crack team to tackle Dando inquiry

Forensic experts pored over the scene of the murder

A team of top detectives is being called in to review the investigation into the murder of BBC presenter Jill Dando.

Jill Dando 1961 - 1999
Scotland Yard says the senior staff will look for fresh leads and check to make sure nothing has been missed as the inquiry enters its third week.

The team of "wise men" will sift through Operation Oxborough, the name given to the case, later this month.


Stephen Cape: "Detectives are still interviewing and re-interviewing"
That will involve checking the entire investigation at Kensington police station, examining the records of decisions taken and questioning detectives on the leads they have followed.

Police still have few strong leads in their investigation of last month's shooting in Fulham, west London.

50 officers on the case

Senior officers have stressed that the new officers should not be seen as implying any criticism of the handling of the murder hunt.

They could endorse the murder squad's work or suggest areas of inquiry that have been missed.

Sir Paul Condon, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, will receive a copy of the review team's report.

About 50 officers are working on the case, and the review will give senior officers valuable information on the resources deployed by the Yard.

It is one of the first reviews ordered after a radical shake-up of the way the force investigates murders following the bungled inquiry into the stabbing of black teenager Stephen Lawrence.

Sir Cliff interviewed

It is understood that every unsolved murder will now be subjected to a similar review after 28 days.

The murder squad are continuing to probe Ms Dando's private life, her work at the BBC and her associates.

Last week they interviewed her friend Sir Cliff Richard in the hope of unearthing fresh information about her private life.



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