The murder of BBC presenter Jill Dando has made life very public
for one PR agency director.
The home of Millbank PR director Sue Youngman has been featured
repeatedly on national TV and in the press. She lives on Gowan Avenue,
West London, opposite the home of the late presenter. A police cordon
ran just metres from her door and the railings outside her home have
been covered in flowers, as the police designated it the place for
mourners to express their affection and sorrow.
Since the murder, Youngman has been inundated with calls from
journalists on national daily papers who know her from when she handled
PR for the Wimbledon Championships when working for the All England Lawn
’I went to put the rubbish out and three journalists who recognised me
called out my name,’ she says. Hacks who contacted her included Times
reporter Mike Harvey and the Daily Express’ Mike Streeter. She has even
been interviewed on camera by a BBC Breakfast TV crew.
’My brother in law in Melbourne, Australia, saw it and nearly choked on
his cornflakes,’ she adds.
Youngman informs me that the street is a lot quieter now the cordon has
been lifted, leaving just mourners and fans to pay their respects away
from the press spotlight.