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RIP Police Constable Andrew Harper

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Sadly Police Constable Andrew Harper did not return home from duty to his loving family. No Police Officer should ever leave home and never come back.

Sadly PC harper was tragically killed while attending the scene of a burglary. He died after being hit and then dragged along the road in front of a shocked colleague.

A murder investigation has now been launched and 10 people have been arrested those ages range from 13 to 30 they all remain in police custody on suspicion of murder.

PC Harper was aged just 28-years-old and was a roads policing officer he loved his job and was a dedicated cop.

RIP Police Constable Andrew Harper 1

Police Hour has launched a Just Giving page in memory of Police Constable Andrew Harper who was married to his wife for just over a month.

The police officer was tragically killed after he was mown down by a car while he attended the scene of a burglary on Thursday.

The couple, who had been together for 10 years before they got engaged in Italy in May 2017, had been due to go on their honeymoon in a few days.

Sadly Police Constable Andrew Harper died in the line of duty,

Thames Valley Police Chief Constable John Campbell added: “We are all shocked and saddened by the death of our colleague, Pc Andrew Harper.

“Our thoughts are with Andrew’s friends and family. To add further angst to what are terrible circumstances Andrew was only married four weeks ago.”

“The Roads Policing Unit that he was on are a very close group of officers who are very professional and deal with a number of challenging policing environments, so we have experienced and capable officers on those teams.

“He was well-regarded and is a significant loss to the force and also to his colleagues and friends.”

“Obviously we need to establish the exact cause of death for Andrew, and there is a post-mortem taking place as we speak.

“But what we do know is that at some point, Andrew has been dragged along by a vehicle.

“Establishing the actual cause of death is something that is going to take place over the next few hours and days.

“Andrew was out of his police vehicle at the time [of the incident].”

“Thames Valley Police was called to an incident near to Sulhamstead on the A4 between Reading and Newbury at 11.30pm yesterday evening.

“Tragically, Andrew was attending a reported burglary, along with a crew mate, and was killed at the scene whilst performing his duties.

“Andrew was a Roads Policing Officer who was based at Abingdon Police Station. He joined Thames Valley Police as a Special Constable in 2010.

“Our flags are flying at half-mast today in honour and memory of Andrew.

“A murder investigation has been launched and currently there are ten people who have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

“Those arrested are all male and are aged between 13 and 30 years of age. They are all in police custody at this time.

“Because we have ten people in custody, it would be inappropriate to provide further details about the investigation at this time.

“What I can say is that we are working hard and diligently to establish what has happened.

PC Harper’s uncle Dale Shrimpton, from Burnham, near Windsor, wrote on Facebook: “He’s my oldest nephew. My sisters first born. Mum and dads first grandson… And was married two weeks ago at a dream wedding. We are devastated. He was the loveliest person that you will ever meet. I can’t begin to tell you how we feel..

The 28-year-old policeman’s grandmother, Maureen Shrimpton, added her own tribute, saying: “Just a really horrible day. Our grandson Andrew was killed last night while doing his police work. So proud of him. Our love goes to his lovely wife, Mum and Dad, brother and all of his family and friends.”

PC Harper was from Oxford joined Thames Valley Police in 2010, He was first a special constable and then became a regular uniformed officer 12 months later.

If you would like to add to the collection please visit the Just Giving page.

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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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