Jill Dando and the Yard’s 12 blunders


Former top police officer, John Stalker, was so shocked by the Met’s cack-handed investigation into Jill Dando’s murder, that he wrote an article outlining their ineptitude.

What’s very revealing about his analysis is the idea that the suspected killer had blonde-hair but police bizarrely issued an e-fit of a dark-haired man.

” It’s 100 days since the assassination of Jill Dando – yet Scotland Yard seem no closer to finding her killer.

They have not even uncovered a motive for her murder.

The lack of police success is not for want of endeavour. There’s no doubt Jill Dando’s killers have had incredible luck in escaping arrest.

But the police have made mistakes. Some of them operational misjudgments, others public relations cock-ups.

These are 12 of the most significant blunders I believe the inquiry team has made.

Confusion surrounds the E-fit issued. Most people believe it is of the killer.

It isn’t.

It is a composite likeness of a man seen running along Fulham Palace  Road.

Nothing more.

A police E-fit has not been issued of the prime suspect – a blond haired man seen loitering outside her home. He is the probable killer.

A window cleaner working Gowan Avenue who had a clear view of him, insisted the man he saw had blond hair.

This suspect is not the man in the E-fit, nor is he the “well-groomed, dark-haired man, thirties to early forties with mobile phone,” described by police as waiting outside the house.

Is there any police interest in the blond man?

If so, a second E-fit would be useful.

Three months into the inquiry, police should say what they now believe happened.

Do they think the killer was alone? Or could it have been two, three or even four men?

For example, the blond man, the dark-haired man in a Barbour jacket, the Range Rover driver and E-fit man?

The public need unambiguous information if they are to help.

The Range Rover driver.

He was in touching distance of a traffic warden who says she felt intimidated by him and did not take the vehicle number. He drove away furiously. Failure to take the number was a major setback.

The Range Rover is an important clue. But three months after the shooting police are said not to have sought help from Rover experts in Birmingham who may, by examining the blurred image, identify the year of manufacture.

This Range Rover was caught on video at 11.52am and was almost certainly involved in the murder.

A similar blue Range Rover was also seen in the days before Jill’s death near fiance Alan Farthing’s Chiswick house.

The E-fit suspect took a 74 bus which goes to Putney Bridge.

The mysterious Range Rover was definitely there. There is a cab rank, bus station and underground station at that location. There’s even an available river escape, via the frequent pleasure boats. Putney Bridge is a crucial location yet police did not set up an incident post (caravan or mobile office) for the public to report their suspicions.

Possible witnesses – especially visitors or overseas tourists – will have been lost to the investigation.

This is a potentially serious mistake.

Officially police will only say the murder weapon was a 9mm, short, semi-automatic hand gun.

Unofficial police sources and press speculation have named the following makes: Beretta, Browning, Glock, Tanfoglio and Walther PPK.

If police know the make of the murder gun it would be better to say so.

Speculation is seriously damaging the enquiry, especially to underworld informants who may be moved to help by the pounds 500,000 reward.

Three months on, police belatedly disclosed the unique cartridge case found in Jill Dando’s garden.

For gun dealers and informants, this is a vital piece of information. Precious time has been lost in giving out details police have had for weeks.


The case has been clumsily handled by Scotland Yard’s press office, who didn’t grasp the immense interest the public and media have in this case. In news value, it is the crime of the decade.

It is unclear who is actually in charge of the investigation. Detective Chief Inspector Hamish Campbell began well. But within days he seemed to be relegated by Detective Chief Superintendent Brian Edwards who took over the press conference but has not been seen nationally since.

DCI Campbell seems to be back in charge but this uncertainty is bad for an investigation.

Competent though DCI Campbell is, a similar high-profile murder case outside London would have a more senior officer in charge.

In contrast, when the Soho nailbomb exploded a few miles away during the first weeks of the Dando investigation, it was unambiguously headed by Deputy Assistant Commissioner Alan Fry.

The Yard have been too quick to dismiss theories.

“Mistaken identity” was immediately ruled out. Jill Dando was almost certainly the intended target but until the killer is caught no one can be sure.

Also, the possible Serb connection is explained away by police who say they have no intelligence that Serbs were involved. A professional assassin is capable of escaping the notice of intelligence agencies for a long time.”

Why did the police make so many mistakes in the case of Jill Dando?

Didn’t they want to catch the real killer?

He’s still out there today.

Don’t they care?


One thought on “Jill Dando and the Yard’s 12 blunders

  1. Yes, Richard Hughes the next door neighbour gave his evidence and it was not even considered bearing in mind that he was the only one who actually had seen thew killer leave the house, Barry George’s coat was a blue flex and the killer wore a brown wax jacket, the bullet particle could not have been from George, very badly handled, killer should have been caught within three hours and this is not an over assumption either.
    Terry Llewellyn

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