Newlywed cop dragged to his death during botched burglary ahead of honeymoon

Cheryl Sanders
August 18, 2019

Writing in The Sunday Telegraph following the "brutal and mindless" killing of PC Andrew Harper, Priti Patel said courts needed to ensure that the law was acting as a sufficient deterrent against attacks on officers.

Tragic PC Andrew Harper, 28, was struck by a auto and dragged along the road after he arrived on the scene at 11.30pm close to the A4 Bath Road, near Reading and Newbury last night.

A 13-year-old boy is among 10 people arrested after a police officer in the United Kingdom was murdered while responding to a reported burglary.

Forensic investigators have erected two white tents at the scene and been collecting items from road and taking photographs.

"Our thoughts are with Andrew's friends and family".

He added: "My thoughts are with PC Harper's family, friends and colleagues at this bad time".

Police also searched the inside of a grey BMW that was at the scene, according to witnesses.

It reads: "We confront danger on a daily basis".

Police are now focusing their investigation on one vehicle, understood to be a Seat, following the incident shortly after 11pm on August 15.

"I am deeply shocked and appalled by the death of a courageous officer on duty in Thames Valley last night", Prime Minister Johnson said on Twitter.

Asked by the PA news agency about reports that Pc Harper was hit by a second police vehicle, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley, Matthew Barber, said he was not aware of that detail.

She said police officers are on the "frontline of a battle to maintain control of our streets", and "put their lives on the line day in day out, every time they go on patrol".

"Let's just think for a moment of the horror of it, but also for the need for more police officers to be able to respond to disorder in our society, but also the problem of guns and the problem of violence that is growing", he said.

Maureen Shrimpton wrote: "Just a really disgusting day".

A POLICE officer has allegedly been murdered trying to stop a burglary in Berkshire last night. "We come together as a brotherhood at times like this and hopefully your family can take some comfort from that love and support". "Love from Nan and Bubba xxx", she wrote. And was married two weeks ago at a dream wedding.

He had written: "Personally I have never been much of a runner - the longest I've ever done to date being 10K however I have made a decision to try and help save the lives of children with cancer and keep families together".

He had written: "Even if only one child benefits then it will be well and truly worth it".

"Wherever possible, please support me in this goal and help us fight for those who can't fight for themselves".

Mr Campbell said PC Harper was a "highly regarded, popular member of the team", adding: "Everybody I've spoken to about Andrew talked about the incredible personality he was, what a fantastic police officer, and what a great friend and man he was, and he'll be sorely missed by everybody".

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