Mastermind behind armed raid on travel agency jailed for PC’s murder

Murder of PC at Universal travel
By Lisa James
10/05/2024
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The mastermind behind an armed robbery on a travel agency nearly 20 years ago, in which a PC was shot dead, has been jailed for at least 40 years.

Last month, Piran Ditta Khan, 75, was found guilty of murdering West Yorkshire Police Officer Sharon Beshenivsky, who was fatally shot at point-blank range at Universal Express travel agency in Morley Street, Bradford in 2005.

Although he wasn’t one of the men who carried out the raid – he had stayed in a car outside the agency – he had played a ‘pivotal’ role and was guilty ‘as surely as if he had pulled the trigger on that pistol himself’, prosecutors said.

PC Beshenivksy and a colleague, PC Teresa Milburn, were both unarmed when they responded to an alarm call on 18 November 2005. Both were shot in the chest. PC Milburn survived.

Khan fled to Pakistan after the shooting but was detained, then extradited to the UK last year.

At the trial, Khan said he was owed £12,000 by the Bradford travel agency owner.

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