AUDIO: Ten arrested after Abingdon police officer killed responding to 'burglary'

A murder investigation has been launched.

PC Andrew Harper, based at Abingdon Police Station, was attending a reported burglary in Berkshire.

The 28-year-old was only married four weeks ago.

Police said the incident happened last night at the crossroads of Ufton Lane and Lambdens Hill, near to Sulhamstead.

It's now been confirmed that there is a post mortem taking place at the moment - but officers know he was dragged along by a car at some point.

A scene watch remains in place.

Ten males, aged between 13 and 30, are being held on suspicion of murder at various police stations across the Thames Valley.

At a press conference on this afternoon, Chief Constable John Campbell said PC Harper was at the scene with a fellow officer and was out of his police car when the incident occurred, adding: "What we do know is Andrew had been dragged along by a vehicle."

He said the suspects were detained within about an hour of the incident and officers are working "hard and diligently to find out what happened".

 

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."

Officers are also appealing for witnesses.

Meanwhile, tributes are pouring in online for PC Harper.

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said the tragedy is a reminder of the dangers officers face:

Anthony Stansfeld PCC said: “I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of PC Andrew Harper. "

"This is a tragic loss for the force and I know that Thames Valley Police are doing all they can to support those who have been affected."

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