Fri, 16 Aug 2019
A MURDER investigation has been launched after a Thames Valley Police officer died following an incident in West Berkshire.
PC Andrew Harper from the Roads Policing Proactive Unit based at Abingdon Police Station was attending a reported burglary, was killed while performing his duties.
The incident occurred at around 11.30pm last night (Thursday) near to the A4, Bath Road, at the crossroads of Ufton Lane and Lambdens Hill, near to Sulhamstead.
Tragically, PC Andrew Harper from the Roads Policing Proactive Unit based at Abingdon Police Station, who was attending a reported burglary, was killed while performing his duties.
A scene watch remains in place at the scene of the incident and Ufton Lane and Lambdens Hill remain closed.
The A4, Bath Road has since re-opened.
Ten people have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently in police custody at various police stations across the Thames Valley.
Police and Crime Commisioner for Thames Valley Police, Anthony Stansfeld, said: "It really is a tremendous shock to us all. We are so very terribly sorry to his family and his wife."
Deputy Chief Constable Jason Hogg said: “Our deepest thoughts at this time are of course with Andrew’s friends and family, who are being supported by specially trained family liaison officers.
“Our thoughts also extend to all of Andrew’s colleagues within Thames Valley Police.
“As a force we are devastated at the loss of our colleague and will all be supporting each other at this difficult time.”
Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Blaik, of the Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit, said: “This is a tragic incident, and I would like to reassure the public as well as our officers and staff that we have launched a full and thorough investigation to establish what has happened.
“We have made a total of ten arrests in connection with this incident, and those arrested are currently in police custody. Those arrested are all male and aged between 13 and 30.
“I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident to get in touch. If you have any information which you think could be at all relevant to our investigation, no matter how insignificant it may seem, please leave details on our website at https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/ or call 101.”
Downing Street has issued a statement:
I am deeply shocked and appalled by the death of a brave officer on duty in Thames Valley last night.— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) August 16, 2019
My thoughts are with PC Harper’s family, friends and colleagues at this terrible time. (1/2)
North West Hampshire MP Kit Malthouse has offered his condolences to the family and friends of PC Harper:
All our thoughts are with PC Harper’s family and his colleagues after this terrible incident. https://t.co/5WKQ2iBqf7— Kit Malthouse MP (@kitmalthouse) August 16, 2019
Such a sad day.— PS Ryan Powell (@PSRyanPowell) August 16, 2019
I never know quite how to feel or act when officers are killed in the line of duty, and I would imagine my colleagues and team feel the same.
My thoughts are with PC Harper’s family.