Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education



Front Page

World

UK

UK Politics

Business

Sci/Tech

Health

Education

Sport

Entertainment

Talking Point

In Depth

On Air

Archive
Feedback
Low Graphics
Help

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


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.





Advanced options | Search tips




Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage |


UK Contents

Northern Ireland
Scotland
Wales
England
Internet Links


Metropolitan Police


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.




In this section

Next steps for peace

Blairs' surprise over baby

Bowled over by Lord's

Beef row 'compromise' under fire

Hamilton 'would sell mother'

Industry misses new trains target

From Sport
Quins fightback shocks Cardiff

From Business
Vodafone takeover battle heats up

IRA ceasefire challenge rejected

Thousands celebrate Asian culture

From Sport
Christie could get two-year ban

From Entertainment
Colleagues remember Compo

Mother pleads for baby's return

Toys withdrawn in E.coli health scare

From Health
Nurses role set to expand

Israeli PM's plane in accident

More lottery cash for grassroots

Pro-lifers plan shock launch

Double killer gets life

From Health
Cold 'cure' comes one step closer

From UK Politics
Straw on trial over jury reform

Tatchell calls for rights probe into Mugabe

Ex-spy stays out in the cold

From UK Politics
Blair warns Livingstone

From Health
Smear equipment `misses cancers'

From Entertainment
Boyzone star gets in Christmas spirit

Fake bubbly warning

Murder jury hears dead girl's diary

From UK Politics
Germ warfare fiasco revealed

Blair babe triggers tabloid frenzy

Tourists shot by mistake

A new look for News Online