Bradford to pay tribute to killed policewoman
Bradford will relive the tragic murder of the Pc Sharon Beshenivsky, who was shot while trying to stop an armed gang.Updated: Jan 11, 2006 19:40 IST
Bradford will relive the tragic murder of the Pc Sharon Beshenivsky, who was shot while trying to stop a hold-up by an armed gang including a Pakistani-origin person. She was shot on her youngest daughter's birthday.
At her funeral about 400 police officers are to line the streets of Bradford. A horse-drawn carriage with her coffin will proceed from Morley Street, where she was shot in November, to Bradford Cathedral for a service. Large crowds are expected in the city and the service will be screened live.
Mother-of-three, Pc Beshenivsky, 38, was killed as she and a colleague investigated a robbery on November 8. Two men have been charged with murder. Pc Teresa Milburn, 37, was also injured in the shooting outside a city centre travel agency. Pc Beshenivsky is survived with husband, three children and two stepchildren.
The Dean of Bradford, the Very Revd David Ison, said the service would be "quite intimate" and would include songs performed by a woman who sang at the wedding of Pc Beshenivsky and her husband Paul. "The police are very clear that the funeral is first about the family, but also about the wider police family in West Yorkshire," he said. "They do feel very keenly it is one of their own who has been shot. One of the things we will be able to do is help the police work through the shock and grief they feel about this event.
"Because it has been two months since these tragic events the scars have begun to heal in some ways and we have to go back to the beginning and re-open that hurt, which is going to be difficult to do."
Supt John Robbins, of Bradford South Police, said a large turnout of police and members of the public was expected. "(This) is a continuing reflection of the huge public response Sharon's murder got from the people of Bradford," he said.
Yusuf Jama, 19, and 24-year-old Muzzaker Imtiaz Shah are due to face trial in June, charged with the officer's murder. Police are still-hunting Jama's brother Mustaf Jama in connection with the shooting. Rewards totalling £90,000 are being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people behind the crime.
First Published: Jan 11, 2006 19:40 IST