Detectives given extra 36 hours to quiz suspects in death of Pc Andrew Harper

Detectives investigating the murder of Pc Andrew Harper have been granted an extra 36 hours to question 10 suspects, including a 13-year-old boy.

The newlywed police officer, 28, died of multiple injuries after he was dragged along by a vehicle while investigating a burglary near the village of Sulhamstead in Berkshire on Thursday night.

The 10 suspects – aged between 13 and 30 – were arrested at the Four Houses Corner caravan park, near Burghfield Common, within an hour of the incident, Detective Superintendent Ailsa Kent said on Saturday.

Pc Andrew Harper
Pc Harper died following the incident on Thursday night (family handout/PA)

Police are currently focusing their investigation on one vehicle, understood to be a Seat, following the incident shortly after 11pm on August 15.

Meanwhile, Pc Harper’s father has told how the family have been left “devastated” by the death.

Philip Harper also told Sky News “we’re in a bad place”.

Pc Andrew Harper and his wife, Lissie
Pc Andrew Harper and his wife, Lissie, celebrating their wedding just four weeks ago (Mark Lord/PA)

Grieving officers have been laying floral tributes at the scene where their colleague was killed on Ufton Lane.

One message described the officer as “Thames Valley’s finest”.

Another tribute read: “A shockingly sad day. We come together as a brotherhood at times like this and hopefully your family can take some comfort from that love and support.”

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