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Jury shown images of Pc's death
Pc Sharon Beshenivsky
Pc Sharon Beshenivsky was shot while on duty in Bradford last year
A jury has been shown CCTV footage of the moment a policewoman was shot dead after responding to an alleged armed robbery in Bradford.

Pc Sharon Beshenivsky was killed outside a travel agents in November, Newcastle Crown Court has been told.

Yusuf Abdillh Jamma, 20, Raza Ul-Haq Aslam, 25, Faisal Razzaq, 25, and his brother Hassan, 26, all deny murder.

Muzzaker Imtiaz Shah, 25, admits murder but denies the attempted murder of Pc Beshenivsky's colleague Teresa Milburn.

The CCTV footage, which was played repeatedly in slow motion to the jury, showed Pc Beshenivsky arriving at the scene with Pc Milburn and talking to two street wardens.

The officers were then seen to cross the road, towards the Universal Express travel agents in Morley Street.

They were dangerous men, plainly prepared to stop at nothing to avoid arrest
Robert Smith, QC

The images then showed three men coming out of the travel agency and shooting the officers, before leaving the scene. The prosecution alleges those three men were Shah, Yusuf Jamma and his brother Mustaf, who is still on the run from police.

Shah, of no fixed address, has previously pleaded guilty to robbery and three firearms charges in relation to the incident.

He alone is accused of the attempted murder of Pc Milburn.

Mr Jamma is from Whitmore Road, Small Heath, Birmingham. Mr Aslam is from St Pancras Way, Kentish Town, north London.

Faisal Razzaq and his brother Hassan are both from Sebert Road, Forest Gate, east London.

Key witness

Robert Smith, QC, prosecuting, said the night before the alleged robbery all five defendants, Mustaf Jamma and another man who has evaded arrest, stayed at an address used to house asylum seekers in Leeds.

Mr Smith said a "key witness" in the case would be Francois Baron, who was working at the house at the time.

He said Mr Baron claimed the group began to panic after seeing news of the shootings on television.

Mr Smith said Mr Baron was asked to dispose of some clothes and burn the contents of a wash basket but he did not and the clothes were later recovered by police.

Earlier Mr Smith described the shooting as "callous and unnecessary and done with the intention of killing both officers".

He said when the officers arrived at the travel agents, the staff had been tied up with cable ties and the robbers were preparing to escape.

Machine gun

He said: "The man responsible for shooting both officers killed Pc Beshenivsky and attempted to kill Pc Teresa Milburn because they stood in his way as he and two other men left premises where they had just carried out a robbery.

"It's significant that both officers were shot in the chest at close range."

Mr Smith told the jury the men who carried out the robbery were armed with a 9mm self-loading pistol, which has never been found, a 9mm automatic sub-machine gun, known as a Mac 10, and a knife.

He said: "They were dangerous men, plainly prepared to stop at nothing to avoid arrest."

The court heard Pc Beshenivsky joined West Yorkshire Police as a Police Community Support Officer in November 2003 and became a full-time police officer in February last year, nine months before she was killed.

Pc Milburn had been a police officer for 18 months at the time of the shooting.

The case was adjourned until Monday.


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Police at the scene of the killing in 2005



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