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“This is a time to pause and a time to reflect" - Surrey Police remember murdered PC

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“This is a time to pause and a time to reflect" - Surrey Police remember murdered PC

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 12:48pm 23rd August 2019. (Updated at 12:50pm 23rd August 2019)

Surrey Police officers and staff have joined forces across the country in holding a minute's silence to remember PC Andrew Harper.

The 28-year-old, from the, Thames Valley Police died whilst on duty in Berkshire last week.

The force's Chief Constable John Campbell said: “This is a time for gathering, a time to pause and a time to reflect", which were echoed by Surrey's Chief Constable Gavin Stephens. 

PC Harper should have been on his honeymoon this week having married his wife Lissie at Ardington House in Oxfordshire just four weeks before his death.

Earlier, the young officer's mum, Debbie, said their "lives have been torn apart" by Andrew's death, but that all the support and tributes were helping them "keep faith in the human race".

Surrey Police remember PC Andrew Harper
Flags were also flown at half-mast at police stations across our two counties.

She said her son had "always lived with dignity, honour and calmness" and "everything he did was with a smile".

"A big part of me has gone with you, I cannot imagine our lives going forward but we will do so with Andrew in our hearts," she said. 

'A hero, if not a superhero'

The family also released new tributes and pictures of the newlywed, who died from multiple injuries after being dragged by a car while responding to a reported burglary near Sulhamstead in Berkshire.

His brother, Sean, said the officer "always had my back" and was the "funniest, bravest, most compassionate person" he's ever known.

He wrote: "I'm praying that one day I am going to wake up and see you, that I will hear your voice and you will tell me you are alright.

"I will tell you that you are the best brother and will ask if I ever told you that I love you."

His father Phil called him a "hero, if not a superhero".

"You had time for everyone, time to listen to them, bringing comfort and calmness wherever you went," he wrote.

Surrey Police remember
Chief Constable Gavin Stephens echoed the words of Thames Valley Police’s Chief Constable in saying “This is a time for gathering, a time to pause and a time to reflect."

Surrey Police Chief Constable Gavin Stephens said:

"Andrew’s death has touched the nation and we too feel the pain of his loss as part of the wider police family.

"We are reminded of the risks that are faced daily by all officers, across the country, in the line of duty. 

"Colleagues across the Force who are deployed at the time of the silence have been asked to participate by observing the silence at 11:00 wherever they are, and if commitments allow.”

Jed Foster, 20, has been charged with PC Harper's murder and is in custody following a court appearance earlier this week.

His lawyer said he denies "any involvement in the horrific murder".

A fundraising page set up by the Thames Valley Police Federation has so far raised more than £260,000 for PC Harper's family.

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