Published On: Tue, Nov 18th, 2014 on 7:15 pm

Tributes paid to murdered Bradford PC Sharon Beshenivsky

Sharon Beshenivsky Commemoration

The nine year anniversary of the murder of Bradford policewoman Sharon Beshenivsky has been marked today.

A minutes silence was observed at her memorial in Norfolk Gardens, before flowers were laid by members of her family, members of the police force, the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bradford.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Mike Gibbons, said: “It’s fair to say the vast majority of people in the Bradford district and indeed the country, recognise and accept the work that is done for them by the police force in the UK, certainly here in Bradford.

“Nine years cannot take away the abhorrence felt by so many at the killing of Sharon. Let us all try to ensure that her life remains an inspiration and that her loss is not replicated.”

Sharon Beshenivsky Commemoration

Sharon Beshenivsky Memorial

PC Beshenivsky, 38, was shot dead as she investigated an armed robbery in Bradford on 18 November 2005. She was with her colleague, who survived injuries.

Killed on her daughter’s birthday, PC Beshenivsky became the first female officer in 20 years to be shot dead by a criminal in England and Wales.

Nick Smart, chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation, said: “Sadly since Sharon’s murder we have seen too many police officers continue to pay the ultimate price for keeping our communities safe.

“We remember a brave and selfless colleague. We remember Sharon and the sacrifice she made.”

Three men – Muzzaker Imtiaz Shah, Mustaf Jama and Yusuf Jama – were all given 35-year jail sentences for her murder.

More photographs were taken by our photographer/reporter. They will be available to view and buy here.

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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