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In quotes: CPS and Scotland Yard

The Crown Prosecution Service and Metropolitan Police made these statements outside the Old Bailey after Barry George was cleared at a retrial of killing BBC TV presenter Jill Dando.

Crown Prosecution Service lawyer Hilary Bradfield

The Crown Prosecution Service is disappointed with the acquittal of Barry George.

I am satisfied, however, that this was a correct case to bring. At no time during the long history of this case has the prosecution been criticised.

The job of the Crown Prosecution Service is to review cases, to seek to put cases before the court where there is a realistic prospect of a conviction where the jury could convict.

Inevitably there will be cases where the jury decide for whatever reason that there is insufficient evidence for them to decide that it has reached the standard required by the English criminal courts.

It would be quite wrong of the Crown Prosecution Service to only prosecute those cases where we were certain of a conviction, and the public would not be getting the service they look for from us if we did that.

I would like to thank all of the witnesses who came to court to give evidence, some for the first and some for the second time.

My sympathy goes out to the family of Jill Dando. This verdict will not bring finality which they must be seeking.

Scotland Yard commander Simon Foy

We're disappointed at today's verdict. But we're especially disappointed for Jill's family and friends.

However, we accept and respect the decision of the court this afternoon. The investigation into her murder was complex, it was thorough and it was professional.

I would particularly like to thank the members of the public who came forward during the investigation and gave us their information, in particular those who gave evidence in court.

At this time it would not be appropriate to comment any further about the proceedings which have just concluded.

The only thing I will say is that we will reflect upon today's verdict and consider what the next steps will be.

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