Police search traveller's site near where police officer was 'murdered'

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.

Police officer killed in Sulhamsted

Police continued to search a caravan site three miles from where a police officer was killed on Thursday as ten people between the ages 13 and 30 were arrested.

PC Andrew Harper, 28, who got married four weeks ago, was responding to a burglary report when he was dragged by a vehicle along the A4 Bath Road in Berkshire for several hundred yards.

Thames Valley Police have been focusing on the Four Houses Corner Caravan site on Padworth Road since Friday, with two vans appearing to block the entrance.

Images show forensics officers in white overalls conducting searches on Saturday at the site, described as a traveller site on the Run by West Berkshire authority's website.

Thames Valley Police said it was still trying to establish the exact chain of events that led to PC Harper's death.

The force said PC Harper had attended the reported break-in with a fellow officer.

Thames Valley Police Chief Constable John Campbell said the death of PC Harper had left the entire force "shocked and saddened".

Mr Campbell said: "What we do know is Andrew had been dragged along by a vehicle."

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

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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 stationed at the scene laid flowers in tribute on Saturday morning near two tents erected on Ufton Lane.

Mr Barber said: "Many people will have only heard the news yesterday and it does hit hard the morning after.

"You realise this is the second morning Andrew's family will wake up without him.

"It's a personal tragedy for them first and foremost and will leave a lasting impression on the force and the surrounding community."

Several residents living nearby in cottages and farmhouses said they had not had any problems with thieves targeting their property.

But one woman, who did not give her name, said she had heard reports of men walking around "checking out quads and things" in the rural village of Bradfield, around two miles away, on Thursday.

One officer stationed there said: "I think it's something every officer feels.

"We've all had situations where you're in danger responding to incidents like that."

Mr Campbell said PC Harper was a "highly regarded, popular member of the team", adding: "Everybody I've spoken to about Andrew talked about the incredible personality he was, what a fantastic police officer, and what a great friend and man he was, and he'll be sorely missed by everybody.

"My thanks go to all those staff and officers who attended this incident, as well as our colleagues at the fire service and also the ambulance service for their professionalism and support at what you can imagine was obviously a distressing scene."

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

Friends and family paid emotional tributes to PC Harper on Facebook on Friday using the "thin blue line" replacing the profile image.

"Such horrible news," one person wrote, "Sending our condolences to you and your sister and family."

"I'm Sorry for the loss of your colleague and friend buddy," another person wrote on PC Harper's friend's profile picture, "My thoughts are with you."

-This article first appeared on Yahoo

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