Female officers who have been killed in the line of duty

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Five female police officers are known to have been killed in the line of duty before the shootings in Bradford yesterday.

The previous female police officer killed on duty was Alison Armitage , run down by a suspected stolen car near Oldham, Greater Manchester in March 2001. PC Armitage, 29, was run over twice by a driver in a stolen vehicle during an undercover drugs operation. She died later. Thomas Whaley, 19, from Oldham, was jailed for eight years after pleading guilty to her manslaughter.

In October 1997, PC Nina Mackay was stabbed to death in a raid in Stratford, east London, by Magdi Elgizouli. PC Mackay, 25, used a hydraulic ram to batter down the door of Elgizouli's flat after he was found in breach of his bail conditions for assaulting a police officer and possessing a knife. She had removed her body armour because it was difficult to use the ram while wearing it. Elgizouli, 32, was detained indefinitely after being found guilty of manslaughter.

WPC Yvonne Fletcher was shot while on crowd control duty outside the Libyan Embassy during a protest near the building in 17 April 1984. When shots rang out from the building in St James's Square, London, WPC Fletcher, 25, fell to the ground, clutching her back. Her fiancé, PC Michael Liddle, helped to tend her until she was taken to hospital with a single gunshot wound. She died on the operating table.

On 18 December 1983, WPC Jane Arbuthnot, 22, died in an explosion while investigating an IRA car bomb parked outside Harrods in Knightsbridge.

On 13 October 1982, WPC Mandy Rayner, 18, died when a drunk driver crashed into her car in Hertfordshire.