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PC killed while investigating ‘burglary’ died of multiple injuries

By Sharon Marris, news reporter

The police officer killed while investigating reports of a burglary died from multiple injuries, a port-mortem has revealed.

PC Andrew Harper, 28, died after being dragged along the road by a vehicle in the Berkshire village of Sulhamstead at about 11.30pm on Thursday.

Police say ten boys and men arrested shortly after were found at a council-run caravan and mobile home site nearby.

A court granted permission on Saturday for the suspects – aged between 13 and 30 – to be kept in custody for a further 36 hours while investigations continue.

Image: Flowers have been placed by the road where PC Andrew Harper died

Detective Superintendent Ailsa Kent, of Thames Valley Major Crime Unit, said: "The cause of death is consistent with our current belief that Andrew was caught between a vehicle and the road and then dragged for a distance."

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Det Sup Kent said it remains unclear how PC Harper "came to be out of his vehicle and then caught under the suspect vehicle".

Police at a caravan site near Burghfield Common in Berkshire
Image: Ten people were arrested at a local caravan and mobile home park

She said: "What we do know is that Andrew and his crewmate were attending a reported burglary in Bradfield Southend.

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"While responding, the officers located a vehicle that was suspected to be involved in the burglary, in Lambdens Hill."

Andrew Harper on his wedding day. Pic: Mark Lord Photography
Image: Andrew Harper married wife Lissie just last month. Pic: Mark Lord Photography

PC Harper was a member of the Roads Policing Proactive Unit based at Abingdon police station.

He was also a newlywed, having married in Oxfordshire last month.

He and his wife Lissie were due to enjoy their honeymoon together next week.

Earlier, PC Harper's father Philip told Sky News that the family is "devastated", adding: "we're in a bRead More – Source

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