Wiltshire police lower flag in memory of tragic PC Andrew Harper

Wiltshire police lower flag in memory of tragic PC Andrew Harper

Published by Mike Draper at 4:20pm 16th August 2019. (Updated at 4:22pm 16th August 2019)

The police officer who was killed in Berkshire while responding to a reported burglary was a newlywed due to go on his honeymoon.

  • Wiltshire Police HQ in Devizes has lowered its flag at the Devizes HQ to half-mast this morning
  • It follows the tragic death of PC Andrew Harper from the Thames Valley Police force

PC Andrew Harper, from the Roads Policing Proactive Unit based at Abingdon police station, was married last month in a ceremony at Ardington House in Oxfordshire.

He was due to go on his honeymoon next week.

The 28-year-old, who joined the force in 2010, was killed late on Thursday evening after attending the scene of a reported burglary near the village of Sulhamstead.

His cause of death has not yet been confirmed, but police say he was at some point dragged along the ground by a vehicle.

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Ten people, including a 13-year-old boy, have been arrested on suspicion of murdering PC Andrew Harper,

Here, Wiltshire Police have expressed their deep sadness:

"Our deepest condolences to our colleagues at Thames Valley Police and to all of Andrew's family and friends."

PC Harper's grandmother, Maureen Shrimpton, said on Friday she was "so proud" of her grandson. Writing on Facebook, she said:

"Just a really horrible day. Our grandson Andrew was killed last night while doing his police work.

"So proud of him. Our love goes to his lovely wife, Mum and Dad, brother and all of his family and friends. Love from Nan and Bubba xxx."

Andy Fiddler, from Thames Valley Police Federation, said the news was "totally devastating".

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