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Thursday, May 13, 1999 Published at 12:51 GMT 13:51 UK


Private funeral for Dando

Ms Dando will be buried near her mother

A private burial for murdered BBC presenter Jill Dando is to be held in her home town next Friday, attended only by family members and her fiancé Alan Farthing.

Jill Dando 1961 - 1999

Miss Dando, 37, will be buried at Ebdon Road Cemetery in Weston-super-Mare, near her mother Jean, who died of leukaemia 13 years ago. People will be able to pay their final respects when the cortege travels through the town before the service.

Ms Dando, a committed Christian, regularly visited the resort's Milton Baptist Church. Her funeral service is to be conducted by its pastor, the Rev Mark Owen.

The Clarence Park Baptist Church was chosen for the service as Mr Owen's church is undergoing refurbishment.

[ image: Public tributes to Ms Dando flooded the BBC and her home]
Public tributes to Ms Dando flooded the BBC and her home
A memorial service will be held in London within the next few months "for the many people who knew Jill and worked with her for many years".

The date and venue have yet to be fixed.

The public has been asked not to send flowers to the service by her family and Dr Farthing. Instead, it has been suggested that they consider donating to two charities to which she devoted a lot of time.

These are the Weston Hospice Care and the British Heart Foundation.

Miss Dando announced her engagement to Dr Farthing, a consultant at the Paddington Hospital, in January. They were to marry in September.

£150,000 reward

She was shot on her doorstep in Fulham, west London, on 26 April. Police are still trying to trace her murderer, and on Thursday another plea for information was made by Detective Chief Inspector Hamish Campbell, who has been heading the inquiry.

He said he wanted to speak to anyone who had been driving a Range Rover in the area on the day of the murder.

The BBC's Stephen Cape: "An unknown business man has added another £50,000 to the reward"
The Daily Mail newspaper is putting up a £100,000 reward for information about the murder, while The Crimestoppers Trust has announced a £50,000 reward.

The money for the latter is believed to have been donated by an anonymous businessman.

Scotland Yard has appointed Detective Chief Superintendent Brian Edwards to oversee the inquiry. But Mr Edwards, who heads CID operations in central London, said Mr Campbell would remain in "day-to-day" charge of the inquiry.

Mr Edwards said the move in no way implied criticism of Mr Campbell.

Anyone with information should phone the incident room on 0181 246 0732 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The Daily Mail says people can also contact its crime desk on 0171 938 6094.

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