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Surrey and Hampshire police forces pay tribute to officer killed on duty

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Surrey and Hampshire police forces pay tribute to officer killed on duty

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 7:39pm 16th August 2019. (Updated at 7:45pm 16th August 2019)

Surrey Police say they are "shocked and saddened" to hear an officer has been killed over the county's border. 

PC Andrew Harper, from the Thames Valley force, died while responding to a reported burglary in Berkshire last night.

The 28-year-old was a newlywed due to go on his honeymoon next week.

He had married his wife Lissie at Ardington House in Oxfordshire just four weeks before his death.

John Campbell, the chief constable of Thames Valley Police, said PC Harper was a "highly regarded, popular member of the team" - and the force's flags were flying at half-mast in his honour and memory.

He added: "The officer was well-known across the force so it is felt very personally and it is felt very personally by the whole police family across the UK."

Meanwhile, Hampshire Police have paid tribute on Twitter saying the devastating loss of PC Harper is felt "across the whole of the policing family".

It read: "Our thoughts are with PC Harper's family, our colleagues at @ThamesVP & all the officers & staff from across TVP & Hampshire who attended last night."

The 28-year-old's grandmother, Maureen Shrimpton, posted on Facebook:

"Just a really horrible day. Our grandson Andrew was killed last night while doing his police work. So proud of him.

"Our love goes to his lovely wife, Mum and Dad, brother and all of his family and friends. Love from Nan and Bubba."His mother Deborah Adlam had also shared a picture with her son on Facebook - telling friends she was "so proud" of him.

Other relatives have said that the couple had a "dream wedding".

After the wedding, Mrs Harper had written: 

"I can't believe our wedding was almost two weeks ago, we have just had a sneaky peak of some of our photos from our amazing photographer, so get ready for wedding spam.

"Thank you so much to everyone who came and who helped to make it the most perfect day, The sun was shining and the venue was incredible. We could not have asked for more."

PC Harper was also preparing to take on a huge challenge for charity - a 20-mile, 200-obstacle race - that was due to take place in May next year.

A Virgin fundraising page shows that he was hoping to raise £500 for a children's cancer charity.

He had written: "Personally I have never been much of a runner - the longest I've ever done to date being 10K however I have decided to run... to try and help save the lives of children with cancer and keep families together. Even if only one child benefits then it will be well and truly worth it.

"Wherever possible, please support me in this goal and help us fight for those who can't fight for themselves."

The Police Roll of Honour Trust, which commends officers who have died in the line of duty, has said PC Harper's death will be recorded on the list, adding: "His service and sacrifice will never be forgotten".

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.

At a news conference, Thames Valley Police said it is believed that PC Harper was dragged along the ground by a vehicle during Thursday night's incident.

Ten people - aged between 13 and 30 - have been arrested on suspicion of his murder. 

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