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North Yorkshire Police pay tribute to death of Berkshire PC

North Yorkshire Police pay tribute to death of Berkshire PC

Published by May Norman at 12:45pm 16th August 2019. (Updated at 12:46pm 16th August 2019)

Deputy Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police pays tribute to murdered Berkshire PC

  • Ten people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a police officer was killed in Berkshire.
  • The Thames Valley force says PC Andrew Harper died while responding to a reported burglary at around 11.30pm last night.
  • The Deputy Chief Constable of North Yorkshire, Phil Cain, said the news was devastating.
  • He said the thoughts of all North Yorkshire police were with the officer's family. 

Ten people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a police officer was killed while responding to a reported burglary in Berkshire.

The victim has been named as PC Andrew Harper from the Roads Policing Proactive Unit based at Abingdon Police Station.

Police have confirmed that a 13-year-old boy is among the ten males who have been arrested.

They are all currently being held in custody at different police stations across the region.

Deputy Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police Phil Cain has paid tribute:

 

 

Thames Valley Police said the "serious incident" happened at 11.30pm on Thursday near the A4, Bath Road, between Reading and Newbury.

It occurred at the crossroads off Ufton Lane and Lambdens Hill, near to Sulhamstead.

The nearby A4 Bath Road was reopened on Friday morning, but Ufton Lane and Lambdens Hill are still closed.

Andy Fiddler, from Thames Valley Police Federation, reflected on the "devastating news" of the loss of a colleague.

He said:

"All our thoughts - and the thoughts of the entire police family across the UK - are with the family, friends and close colleagues of PC Andrew Harper, who died last night.

"Police officers go to work each and every day to do their duty. We are courageous, caring and compassionate. We confront danger on a daily basis. We know there is a risk when we put on the uniform but we do so as we are proud to protect the public.

"Sadly on very rare and horrendous occasions a colleague makes the ultimate sacrifice. We will ensure that heroism is never forgotten."

Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward with information.

Any person with information relevant to the ongoing case can call 101 or leave details on the Thames Valley Police website.