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An independent inquiry has been set up to look again at contact between Barry George, convicted this week of the murder of BBC presenter Jill Dando, and health and local authority services.

A local review team concluded that there was no evidence that Mr George was a risk to the public.

Mr George was known to NHS and local authority staff in the Fulham area. But the review by Ealing, Hammersmith & Hounslow health authority and Hamm-ersmith and Fulham council - which released its findings following Mr George's conviction - found that it could not have been predicted that he would commit such a serious crime.

Though often 'demanding and difficult' he was not known to be violent, and was at no time admitted for mental healthcare treatment.After his conviction, it was revealed that Mr George had previous convictions for attempted rape and assault and that psychiatrists who examined him before the trial concluded he had psychopathic personality characteristics.