Well-wishers have donated almost £60,000 (€65,000) in less than 24 hours to support the family and widow of Pc Andrew Harper as murder detectives continue questioning 10 suspects, including a 13-year-old boy.
The 28-year-old newlywed officer died of multiple injuries after he
was dragged along by a vehicle while investigating a burglary
reported in the village of Bradfield Southend, Berkshire, at around
11.30pm on Thursday night.
Ten males – aged between 13 and 30 –
were arrested at a nearby caravan park within an hour, Thames
Valley Police said. Police have been granted an extra 36 hours to
question the suspects, Detective Superintendent Ailsa Kent told
reporters on Saturday.
A fundraising page set up by Thames Valley
Police Federation to support Pc Harper’s widow, Lissie, and his
family has raised more than £59,000 (€65,000) so far.
It reads: “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.
on very rare and horrendous occasions a colleague makes the
ultimate sacrifice. We will ensure that heroism is never
Pc Harper’s father, Philip, said the family have been
“absolutely devastated” by the death, telling Sky News: “We’re in a
Pc Harper, who tied the knot with new wife Lissie just
four weeks ago in what relatives have described as a “dream
wedding”, was reportedly due to go on his honeymoon in a few days.
Images show the couple celebrating their wedding at the
award-winning Ardington House, a Georgian manor set in gardens and
parkland in Oxfordshire.
On Sunday, country roads near the Four
Houses Corner caravan park were closed as police scoured ditches
for evidence near the site where the suspects were arrested.
Several forensic officers could be seen on Saturday gathered around
what appeared to be a black hatchback car inside the park, which is
near Burghfield Common.
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Grieving officers have laid floral tributes
at the scene where their colleague was killed at the junction of
Ufton Lane and Lambdens Hill.
Some could be seen embracing, while
one wiped away a tear from her cheek.
One tribute, accompanied by
an image of Pc Harper smiling with a friend, said: “Harps, I am
truly gutted. A great cop, a great man, a great friend.
always be a part of my heart missing now. RIP mate, love you.
Chef, Sarah and Harry.”
Thames Valley Chief Constable John
Campbell said on Friday that Pc 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.
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.”
Meanwhile, a fundraising page set up
by Pc Harper in aid of children suffering with cancer has been
flooded with donations.
He made the page with a £500 (€550) target for the
20-mile, 200-obstacle Dirty Weekend race in Peterborough in May
But a deluge of donations has now taken the total amount
raised to more than £16,000 (€17,500) in aid of Children with Cancer UK.
had written: “Even if only one child benefits then it will be well
and truly worth it.”
Pc Harper is the first officer to be killed on
duty since March 2017, when unarmed Pc Keith Palmer was stabbed by
Khalid Masood during the Westminster Bridge terror attack.
death came after a police constable was run over by a suspected car
thief in Birmingham last week.
The married 42-year-old traffic
officer from West Midlands Police is facing “potentially
life-changing” injuries, a senior officer told the PA news agency.
That came just days after Metropolitan Police constable Stuart
Outten, 28, was left with head and hand injuries after challenging
a motor offences suspect allegedly armed with a machete in Leyton,
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the death of Pc
Harper a “mindless and brutal” crime, saying he was “shocked and
appalled” by the attack.
British Home Secretary Priti Patel said she had
“instructed the Home Office to urgently explore what we can do to
better support the families of our brave police officers who are
seriously injured or worse by cowardly criminals”.
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