A 71-year-old man has been arrested in Pakistan in connection with the murder of PC Sharon Beshenivsky, who was shot dead while on duty almost 15 years ago.
Piran Ditta Khan was arrested yesterday and appeared at an Islamabad court today for a hearing to discuss his extradition to the UK.
PC Beshenivsky, 38, was fatally shot while responding to a robbery at a travel agent’s in Bradford on November 18 2005.
Detective Superintendent Mark Swift said: “I would like to thank the National Crime Agency officers in Pakistan and partners 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.”
PC Teresa Millburn was also shot in the attack but survived to give evidence
PC Beshenivsky had served West Yorkshire for just nine months when she died.
The married mother of three, and step-mother of two, was the seventh female police officer to be killed while on duty in the UK.
Her colleague, PC Teresa Millburn, was also shot but survived the attack.
Members of an armed gang were charged with being involved in the murder and PC Millburn gave evidence at the trial.
Six men were later jailed at Newcastle Crown Court, but Khan, a former bouncer who was suspected of being the gang organiser, had fled abroad.
Khan has now been remanded in custody and will next appear at court on January 29.
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