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Monday, October 25, 1999 Published at 11:08 GMT 12:08 UK


Policeman dies after chasing burglars

Police operation intended to catch burglars

Detectives are investigating how a police constable plunged to his death from a roof while chasing two suspected burglars.

PC Kulwant Sidhu, 24, was found by colleagues on the floor of a joinery workshop in Twickenham, west London, on Sunday night.

The officer, who was single and lived with his parents in Hayes, Middlesex, was thought to have been pursuing the two suspects across a makeshift corrugated roof when he fell through a skylight to his death.

It is understood his body was only discovered when colleagues realised he was missing, shortly after they had arrested the two suspects.

A police spokeswoman said: "When the officers arrived they obviously searched the area.

Mystery surrounds death

"The suspects were arrested, and some time after it was realised that Constable Sidhu was not accounted for.

"He was found on the floor of the workshop and pronounced dead at the scene by the police doctor. The two suspects had been on the roof area but it is unclear how Constable Sidhu fell to his death."

Residents of Colne Road, Twickenham, where the tragedy took place, described the chaos afterwards.

One man said: "All hell broke loose at about midnight. There was a helicopter clattering overhead and lots of officers milling around - it was obvious something bad had happened."

Scotland Yard said later the two arrested men were being held on suspicion of manslaughter in relation to the death of PC Sidhu.

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