Renewed appeal to find suspect believed to be involved in shooting of police woman
Published 18/11/2016 | 14:39
Police investigating the murder of Sharon Beshenivsky have renewed their appeal to trace a man believed to have been involved in the shooting of the officer in Bradford 11 years ago.
Piran Dhitta Khan has been on the run since Pc Beshenivsky was shot along with her colleague, Pc Teresa Milburn, as the pair responded to an alarm call at a travel agents in the city on November 18, 2005.
Khan, now 68, is believed to have been the mastermind behind the robbery and is the final suspect, from a gang of seven, to be sought by West Yorkshire Police in connection with the incident.
Three men were convicted of Pc Beshenivsky's murder and jailed for life with a minimum tariff of 35 years and three other men were jailed for related offences.
A £20,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the capture of Khan, who is believed to have fled to Pakistan following the murder.
Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson said: "This investigation remains ongoing and will continue until everyone involved in PC Beshenivsky's murder has been brought to justice.
"Our efforts are continuing to trace Piran Dhitta Khan, who will now be 68.
"He is thought to be living in Pakistan and we are again appealing directly to the people of Pakistan, as well as those in West Yorkshire and across the country to come forward and provide information on his whereabouts."
Pc Beshenivsky, 38, had only been an officer for nine months when she was shot in the chest on what was her youngest daughter Lydia's fourth birthday.
The mother-of-three and stepmother-of-two was the first woman officer to be shot dead on duty since Yvonne Fletcher was murdered outside the Libyan embassy in London in 1984.
Members of West Yorkshire Police will be attending an annual memorial service in Bradford city centre to mark the 11th anniversary of her death.
Anyone with information about Khan's whereabouts is asked to contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.