Sunday People

Enders Bobby & Priya Strictly head to head


Dr Robert Jones


A DOCTOR suspected of murdering his wife nearly 40 years ago has died.

Friends of ex-social worker Diane Jones, 35, believe Robert Jones killed her but cheated justice.

The 80-year-old died some weeks ago in France, where he had lived for many years.

One pal, who asked not to be named, said: “It looks like he has taken the secret to his grave. It seems so wrong that he lived as a free man for 40 years. He got away with murder.”

The couple reportedly argued on the night Diane vanished from Coggeshall, Essex, in July 1983.

Her body was found in Martlesham, Suffolk, three months later. She had a fractured skull.

Mr Jones took nine days to report his wife missing.

Molly with mum Janet


THE mum of Love Islander Molly Marsh says it “wasn’t easy” to see her daughter in tears over alleged “controllin­g” behaviour on the ITV2 show.

Molly, 21 – coupled up with Mitchel Taylor, 26 – was seen sobbing after he told other islanders he was “closed off” and focusing on her – while she

STRICTLY bosses are looking to partner up with another Eastenders star for the next series.

The soap’s Bobby Brazier is already rumoured to be waltzing on to the dance show for its 21st series.

And he may go head-to-head with former ‘Ender Priya Davdra, who left Albert Square last year.

Sources last night said the glamorous 36-year-old had caught the eye of the hit BBC show’s casting team.

Priya broke new ground during her three-year stint on the soap as Iqra Ahmed – Walford’s first Muslim lesbian.

A Strictly source said: “Priya was singled out as a target for wanted to play the field. And she was in tears again on Friday night after he told her he wasn’t going to “put the energy” in if she wasn’t giving the same back.

But he was called out on social media for being “controllin­g” and “possessive”, with one fan saying: “It’s been three days!”

Molly’s actress mum Janet admitted the scenes were hard the casting team early in the process and they were keen. She is young, glamorous and would be a great fit for the show.” Yesterday, Bobby – the son of late reality TV star to watch. She said: “Molly will always do what’s right. I think she does like Mitchel but she still wanted to talk to the others.

“She’d only been in there two minutes. I do think Mitchel has genuinely fallen for her but it wasn’t easy to watch. She doesn’t get upset for no reason.”

Mitchel’s mum Debbie has also spoken out, insisting the gas

Jade Goody – was named as another contender for the new series, which starts in the autumn. The 20-year-old joined the soap as Freddie Slater last year. In 2022, his engineer knows when to step back. She said: “There’s been quite a furore. Mitchel doesn’t possess or control anyone… he never has.

“He likes to do his thing. He likes to breathe, to have space.

“He thought she was on the same page, but he has to let her breathe – and he knows he has.”

Eastenders co-star James Bye – who plays Martin Fowler – and his pro partner Amy Dowden were voted out in week six of the dance competitio­n.

He had been hoping to emulate the success of fellow Eastender Rose Aylingelli­s who lifted the Glitterbal­l trophy with Giovanni Pernice in 2021. In 2009, Eastender favourites Zoe Lucker and Natalie Cassidy both appeared on Strictly. Earlier this year Priya teased she may return to the soap. She said: “I’m not dead. There’s always scope to come back. I think it [Iqra’s coming out] was a very important storyline and it had a huge impact.

“Things like this can be taboo but I feel like it raised a lot of awareness.”

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