Asian man arrested in connection with police officer murder

West Yorkshire Police handout of WPC Sharon Beshenivsky who was shot dead in 2005.

A man wanted by police in connection with the murder of PC Sharon Beshenivsky has been arrested.

Piran Ditta Khan, aged 71, was arrested on Tuesday 14th January in Pakistan and has appeared at court in Islamabad where matters relating to his extradition were discussed.

He was remanded in custody to next appear at court on 29th January.

PC Beshenivsky was fatally shot when responding to a robbery at Universal Travel in Morley Street, Bradford on Friday, 18th November 2005.

Detective Superintendent Mark Swift, said: “I would like to thank the National Crime Agency officers and partners in Pakistan who have made this arrest possible.

“This is a major development in this long running investigation and their assistance in this matter cannot be understated.

“We are continuing to liaise with partners in Pakistan to process Khan’s extradition with the intention of returning him to the UK to face court proceedings.”

Six men have previously been convicted and sentenced in relation to the murder of PC Beshenivsky.

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