Newlywed police officer killed in Berkshire was dragged along by vehicle

The police officer killed while attending reports of a burglary in Berkshire was a 28-year-old newlywed who was dragged along by a vehicle before he died.

Ten people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after Pc Andrew Harper died following a "serious incident" at around 11.30pm on Thursday near the A4 Bath Road, between Reading and Newbury, at the village of Sulhamstead.

Thames Valley Police said boys and men aged between 13 and 30 remain in custody at various police stations in the force area.

At a press conference on Friday 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".

A post-mortem examination is taking place to establish the cause of death.

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Messages on floral tributes at the scene, where Thames Valley Police officer Pc Andrew Harper, 28, died following a "serious incident" at about 11.30pm on Thursday near the A4 Bath Road, between Reading and Newbury, at the village of Sulhamstead in Berkshire.
A message from officers of the Thames Valley Police armed response vehicles unit on a floral tribute at the scene, where Thames Valley Police officer Pc Andrew Harper, 28, died following a "serious incident" at about 11.30pm on Thursday near the A4 Bath Road, between Reading and Newbury, at the village of Sulhamstead in Berkshire.
Badges on floral tributes at the scene, where Thames Valley Police officer Pc Andrew Harper, 28, died following a "serious incident" at about 11.30pm on Thursday near the A4 Bath Road, between Reading and Newbury, at the village of Sulhamstead in Berkshire.
A police officer lays a floral tribute at the scene, where Thames Valley Police officer Pc Andrew Harper, 28, died following a "serious incident" at about 11.30pm on Thursday near the A4 Bath Road, between Reading and Newbury, at the village of Sulhamstead in Berkshire.
A police officer lays a floral tribute at the scene, where Thames Valley Police officer Pc Andrew Harper, 28, died following a "serious incident" at about 11.30pm on Thursday near the A4 Bath Road, between Reading and Newbury, at the village of Sulhamstead in Berkshire.
A police investigator places items in a bag at the scene of an incident, near Sulhamstead, Berkshire, where a Thames Valley Police officer was killed whilst attending a reported burglary on Thursday evening.
A police forensic officer works at a caravan site near Burghfield Common in Berkshire, after the death of Thames Valley Police officer Pc Andrew Harper, 28, following a "serious incident" at about 11.30pm on Thursday near the A4 Bath Road, between Reading and Newbury, at the village of Sulhamstead in Berkshire.
Police at a caravan site near Burghfield Common in Berkshire, following the death of Thames Valley Police officer Pc Andrew Harper, 28, who died following a "serious incident" at about 11.30pm on Thursday near the A4 Bath Road, between Reading and Newbury, at the village of Sulhamstead in Berkshire.
A police investigator at the scene of an incident, near Sulhamstead, Berkshire, where a Thames Valley Police officer was killed whilst attending a reported burglary on Thursday evening.
Police at a caravan site near Burghfield Common in Berkshire, following the death of Thames Valley Police officer Pc Andrew Harper, 28, who died following a "serious incident" at about 11.30pm on Thursday near the A4 Bath Road, between Reading and Newbury, at the village of Sulhamstead in Berkshire.
What appears to be a trail of blood leading from Lambdens Hill across the A4, at the scene of an incident, near Sulhamstead, Berkshire, where a Thames Valley Police officer was killed whilst attending a reported burglary on Thursday evening.
A police investigator at the scene of an incident, near Sulhamstead, Berkshire, where a Thames Valley Police officer was killed whilst attending a reported burglary on Thursday evening.
Police officers at the scene on Ufton Lane, near Sulhamstead, Berkshire, where a Thames Valley Police officer was killed whilst attending a reported burglary on Thursday evening.
A police investigator at the scene of an incident on Ufton Lane, near Sulhamstead, Berkshire, where a Thames Valley Police officer was killed whilst attending a reported burglary on Thursday evening.
A police investigator at the scene of an incident, near Sulhamstead, Berkshire, where a Thames Valley Police officer was killed whilst attending a reported burglary on Thursday evening.
A police investigator at the scene of an incident, near Sulhamstead, Berkshire, where a Thames Valley Police officer was killed whilst attending a reported burglary on Thursday evening.
A police investigator at the scene of an incident, near Sulhamstead, Berkshire, where a Thames Valley Police officer was killed whilst attending a reported burglary on Thursday evening.
Police search the scene, where Thames Valley Police officer Pc Andrew Harper, 28, died following a "serious incident" at about 11.30pm on Thursday near the A4 Bath Road, between Reading and Newbury, at the village of Sulhamstead in Berkshire.
A police officer lays a floral tribute at the scene, where Thames Valley Police officer Pc Andrew Harper, 28, died following a "serious incident" at about 11.30pm on Thursday near the A4 Bath Road, between Reading and Newbury, at the village of Sulhamstead in Berkshire.
Police search the scene, where Thames Valley Police officer Pc Andrew Harper, 28, died following a "serious incident" at about 11.30pm on Thursday near the A4 Bath Road, between Reading and Newbury, at the village of Sulhamstead in Berkshire.
Police search the scene, where Thames Valley Police officer Pc Andrew Harper, 28, died following a "serious incident" at about 11.30pm on Thursday near the A4 Bath Road, between Reading and Newbury, at the village of Sulhamstead in Berkshire.
Police at a caravan site near Burghfield Common in Berkshire, after the death of Thames Valley Police officer Pc Andrew Harper, 28, following a "serious incident" at about 11.30pm on Thursday near the A4 Bath Road, between Reading and Newbury, at the village of Sulhamstead in Berkshire.
Police officers remain at the scene on Ufton Lane, near Sulhamstead, Berkshire, where Thames Valley Police officer Pc Andrew Harper, 28, died following a "serious incident" at about 11.30pm on Thursday near the A4 Bath Road, between Reading and Newbury, at the village of Sulhamstead in Berkshire.
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Mr Campbell said that as it is a live investigation, only limited details can be provided at this stage.

He said Pc Harper joined as a special constable in 2010 before becoming a police officer a year later, serving in the Roads Policing Proactive Unit based at Abingdon Police Station.

He added that the officer "only married four weeks ago".

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