Published: Sat, August 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Thames Valley Police's PC Andrew Harper killed in action

Thames Valley Police's PC Andrew Harper killed in action

A police investigator at the scene of an incident where a police officer was killed, near Sulhamstead, England, Friday.

Andrew Harper, 28, married his wife Lissie in Oxfordshire in July, just four weeks before his death.

British Prime Minster Boris Johnson expressed his condolences to Harper's family, and called his killing a mindless crime.

Ten males aged between 13 and 30 have been arrested and remain in custody at various police stations across the Thames Valley, a statement from the force said. Sending our thoughts to his family, colleagues, and friends. "We come together as a brotherhood at times like this and hopefully your family can take some comfort from that love and support".

He said the suspects were detained within about an hour and officers are working "hard and diligently to find out what happened".

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

Home Secretary Priti Patel said she was "devastated and appalled" by the death of the officer, who she said had served his community with "great pride'".

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley, Matthew Barber, said the incident raises the issue of whether officers should be routinely armed.

He said the force's flags will fly at half-mast as a sign of respect "in honour and memory of Andrew".

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PC Harper was attending a reported burglary when he was killed.

Mr Johnson said the officer's death was "an absolute tragedy " and "the most powerful reminder that police officers up and down the country put themselves at risk every single day to keep us safe". Harper joined as a special constable in 2010 before becoming a police officer a year later, serving in the roads policing proactive unit based at Abingdon police station.

PC Harper's uncle Dale Shrimpton, from Burnham, near Windsor, wrote on Facebook: "He's my oldest nephew".

Cops were photographed searching the inside of a gray BMW near the scene of the robbery Friday morning, according to the paper.

Relatives of PC Harper's paid tributes on social media to the "loveliest person that you will ever meet". Our grandson Andrew was killed last night while doing his police work.

On August 8th, London Metropolitan Police Service constable Stuart Outten was stabbed in the head with a machete during a traffic stop of a motor offences suspect.

Another of PC Harper's friends who changed their picture to the "thin blue line".

Assaults where constables suffered an injury rose from 8,157 in 2017 to 10,399, up 27 per cent in a year and equivalent to 28 attacks a day on the police.

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