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Man charged with the murder of PC Andrew Harper

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A 20-year-old man has been charged with the murder of PC Andrew Harper.

The Crown Prosecution service confirmed the development.

Sadly PC Andrew Harper was killed on Thursday night while responding to a burglary near the village of Sulhamstead, Berkshire.

Tributes were today paid to the police officer, who was killed after being hit by a suspected getaway vehicle.

PC Harper was due to go on honeymoon next week with his new wife, Lissie, 28, just four weeks after they married.

Officers from Thames Valley Police consoled each other at the scene, with some mourners weeping as they honoured the hero PC.

Dozens of floral tributes and messages from wellwishers have been placed at the junction where the brave PC was dragged to his death by a vehicle on Thursday night.

One message read: “Harps, I am truly gutted. A great cop, a great man, a great friend. There will always be a part of my heart missing now. RIP mate.”

It comes as detectives today continue to question ten males arrested on suspicion of murdering PC Harper.

The suspects, who are aged 13-30, were held after cops swooped on a travellers’ site near the junction where PC Harper was mowed down.

Police were given another 24 hours to question those arrested, who include a 13-year-old, two 16-year-olds, two 17-year-olds, an 18-year-old, two 20-year-olds, a 24-year-old and a 30-year-old.

Det Supt Ailsa Kent, of the Major Crime Unit at Thames Valley Police, said the men were from Four Houses Corner — a local authority site three miles from Sulhamstead, Berks, three miles from where Andrew died.

DS Kent revealed PC Harper died from “multiple injuries” after being dragged by a vehicle along the road.

While responding, officers located a vehicle that was suspected to be involved in the burglary.

Cops were seen at a boarded-up country home in the same area, near the village of Bradfield Southend.

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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood is the editor and news reporter covering national and international news crime and policing news. Tweet your news and views to @TrevSherwoodPH

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