Police officer killed while investigating burglary

Police officer killed while investigating burglary

The The prime minister said the death was "the most powerful reminder that police officers up and down the country put themselves at risk every single day to keep us safe".

The force said there was a "serious incident" at around 11.30pm on Thursday night near to the A4, between Reading and Newbury.

Jason Hogg, the force's deputy chief constable, 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". Sending our thoughts to his family, colleagues, and friends.

We are all shocked and saddened by the death of our colleague PC Andrew Harper, ' he added.

Pc Harper's grandmother Maureen Shrimpton posted on Facebook, saying: "Just a really terrible day". Two white tents have also been erected.

Thames Valley Police said it was still trying to establish the exact circumstances in which PC Harper was killed.

Pc Harper is the first officer to be killed on duty since March 2017, when unarmed Pc Keith Palmer was stabbed by Khalid Masood during the Westminster Bridge terror attack.

Police were also searching the inside of a grey BMW on Ufton Lane.

According to government statistics, in 2018/2019, there were over 30,000 assaults on police officers in England and Wales, with "assault without injury on a constable" seeing an increase of 13 per cent compared with the period before, and crimes of "assault with injury on a constable" seeing an increase of 27 per cent.

"On his Facebook page, Harper's grandmother, Maureen Shrimpton, wrote, "[It's] Just a really disgusting day", the outlet reported.

His grandmother, Maureen Shrimpton, said she was "so proud of him" and that it was "a really awful day".

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".

Violence against officers is a common occurrence. Assaults on officers that resulted in injuries rose by 27% from the previous year.

The attack on PC Harper is the third time in recent weeks an officer has been seriously hurt in the line of duty.

The incident comes after a police constable was run over by a suspected auto thief in Birmingham last week.

So far, 10 suspects including the 13-year-old have been arrested.

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