Shot PC Sharon Beshenivsky's widower 'helped' by York service

Paul Beshenivsky Paul Beshenivsky said the memorial services helps him cope with what happened to his wife

Related Stories

The widower of a murdered police officer said memorial services to remember officers killed on duty "helped" deal with the pain.

Paul Beshenivsky gathered at York Minster on Sunday for the annual National Police Memorial Day service.

His wife, PC Sharon Beshenivsky, was shot during a call-out to investigate a robbery in Morley Street, Bradford in 2005.

"It helps me in a sense that I can speak to people on my own level of what happened," Mr Beshenivsky said.

The service included special dedications to PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone who were killed whilst on duty in Manchester, earlier this month.

Start Quote

This event helps me so I hope it helps a lot of others”

End Quote Paul Beshenivsky
'Brings back a memory'

Mr Beshenivsky said: "I think about Sharon regularly.

"It helps me in a sense that I can speak to people on my own level of what sort of happened. It just helps me.

"It's not an easy day but it brings back a memory that no one forgets. It's very difficult to express your feelings."

PC Beshenivsky had been a police officer for just nine months and became the first female officer in 20 years to be shot dead by a criminal in England and Wales.

Her colleague PC Teresa Milburn, was wounded by a gang of men, who escaped from a travel agent on Morley Street with little more than £5,000.

Two men were later jailed for life for PC Beshenivsky's murder.

'Moment to remember'

Since the death of his wife on 18 November, 2005, Mr Beshenivsky said he has received constant support from West Yorkshire Police.

"If ever I need anything, I've only got to pick up the phone and I know that help is there," he said

Mr Beshenivsky said the service in York provided a moment to "remember".

"The people that come to this event, they all feel, for the likes of me and other family members," he said.

"This event helps me so I hope it helps a lot of others."

More on This Story

Related Stories

BBC Leeds & West Yorkshire

Weather

Leeds

16 °C 9 °C

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.