Police officer killed while attending reported burglary in Berkshire

A murder investigation has been launched after a police officer was killed as he attended a reported burglary in Berkshire.

Thames Valley Police said Pc Andrew Harper died following a "serious incident" at around 11.30pm on Thursday near to the A4, Bath Road, between Reading and Newbury.

Ten males aged between 13 and 30 have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in custody at various police stations across the Thames Valley, a statement from the force said.

The incident happened at the crossroads of Ufton Lane and Lambdens Hill, near to the village of Sulhamstead, police said.

Pc Harper, from the Roads Policing Proactive Unit based at Abingdon Police Station, was killed while performing his duties, the force said in a statement.

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."

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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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Officers remain at the scene of the incident. Ufton Lane and Lambdens Hill remain closed but the A4, Bath Road, has reopened, police said.

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 10 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."

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