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Execute killers of police, says Stevens.

Lord John Stevens, former head of the Metropolitan Police and Northumbria Police, has called for the death penalty to be reinstated for police killers following the murder of rookie officer Sharon Beshenivsky.

Writing in a national newspaper, he says: "All my life I've been against the death penalty. But after the cold-blooded murder of policewoman Sharon Beshenivsky, I've changed my mind.

"I genuinely never thought I'd say this, but I am now convinced that the monster who executed this young woman in cold blood should, in turn, be killed as punishment for his crime.

"For the first time in my life, despite 40 years at the sharp end of policing, I finally see no alternative.

"Such an extreme act of pure evil can only be met by the most extreme of responses ( and that can only be death."

He says that if the death penalty is not imposed then "wrong really has finally totally triumphed over right".

Lord Stevens sparked controversy in September by attacking David Blunkett in his memoirs.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 21, 2005
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