A murder investigation's been launched after a Thames Valley Police officer died in Berkshire.
Emergency services were called to reports of a serious incident near to Sulhamstead, close to the A4 Bath Road at around 11.30pm last night (Thursday 16th August).
Police say the incident happened at the crossroads of Ufton Lane and Lambdens Hill.
It's been confirmed the officer who died was PC Andrew Harper - a newlywed who was due to go on his honeymoon soon.
He was from the Roads Policing Proactive Unit based at Abingdon Police Station and had been attending a reported burglary at the time.
Ten people have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custidy at police stations across the Thames Valley region.
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 or call 101.”
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.
Thames Valley Police's Chief Constable John Campbell has given this update on the investigation into PC Harper's death.
16/08/19— Thames Valley Police (@ThamesVP) August 16, 2019
Statement from Thames Valley Police Chief Constable John Campbell following the tragic death of PC Andrew Harper. pic.twitter.com/EjU2Dkjhx0
Tributes are being paid from politicians and police forces across the country, including the Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Truly devastating news following the death of Thames Valley Police Officer PC Andrew Harper. All our thoughts are with the family, friends and close colleagues of PC Harper. Full statement from Thames Valley Police Federation: https://t.co/h29pte8t1C pic.twitter.com/VCiGzqlx6u— Thames Valley PolFed (@TVPFED) August 16, 2019
My thoughts are with the family of PC Andrew Harper who was killed in the line of duty last night. https://t.co/YbvYCMBOrJ— Priti Patel MP (@patel4witham) August 16, 2019
Our thoughts are with PC Harper's family, our colleagues at @ThamesVP & all the officers & staff from across TVP & Hampshire who attended last night.— Hampshire Police (@HantsPolice) August 16, 2019
This devastating news is felt across the whole of the policing family. https://t.co/PO0LnpvTfR
Devastating news. Our sincerest condolences go to the family of PC Harper and all his friends and colleagues at Thames Valley Police.— Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (@RBFRSofficial) August 16, 2019
Sad to hear about the death of PC Harper. Our thoughts are with his family and colleagues at this awful time. https://t.co/wo6BywEmsU— Suffolk Police (@SuffolkPolice) August 16, 2019
Sending my condolences to PC Andrew Harper’s family and colleagues.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) August 16, 2019
For a police officer to be killed doing his duty is appalling. Whoever is responsible must be brought to justice.
Yesterday (17/08/19) the A4 Bath Road was closed for a time whilst officers carried out further checks of the area as part of the murder investigation.
Image credit: Thames Valley Police