Who was PC Andrew Harper, how did the police officer die and when did he get married?

Who was PC Andrew Harper, how did the police officer die and when did he get married?

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PC Andrew Harper’s mum has said the family “will never recover” after he was killed on August 15 while responding to a reported burglary.

Here we look at the events surrounding the death of brave officer PC Harper as four people have now been arrested on suspicion of his murder.

Andrew Harper was killed on duty
Andrew Harper was killed on duty

Who was PC Andrew Harper and when did he get married?

PC Andrew Harper, 28, was killed while attending a reported burglary in a rural area of Berkshire.

The 28-year-old officer died after he was dragged along a road by a vehicle in Sulhamstead, Berkshire on August 15.

He had married his sweetheart Lissie Beckett just four weeks earlier at Ardington House in Oxfordshire.

He gave his wife a touching message when they married and it said: “Life is slippery. Here, take my hand.”

The officer sent the romantic card to Lissie on the morning of their big day to mark their commitment to each other.

Lissie, also 28, was pictured beaming as she read the card containing the quote from American author J Jackson Brown Jnr moments before walking down the aisle.

Andrew died a week before he was due to go on holiday.

Andrew is the first police officer to die on duty since Westminster PC Keith Palmer in March 2017.

Who has been arrested in connection with the police officer’s murder?

Two men aged 18 and 17 were arrested in an operation involving more than 100 officers.

Both  teenagers were from the Reading area.

Another, 21-year-old man from Basingstoke has also been arrested.

And 20-year-old Jed foster is charged with the PC’s murder, appearing in court in August.

What happened to PC Harper?

PC Harper, a rapid response officer with the force’s roads and traffic command, attended a suspected burglary with a colleague in a marked car at 11.30pm on Thursday, August 15.

He had just left his vehicle when he was struck by a car at a country crossroads, close to Sulhamstead and the A4 Bath Road between Reading and Newbury.

He fell beneath the vehicle and was dragged a “considerable” distance.

The Times reported he was thrown clear of the undercarriage of the vehicle only to be struck by a police car responding to the incident – believed to be a dog unit involved in the pursuit.

Traffic officer PC Andrew Harper was killed in the line of duty after attending to reports of a burglary

On August 17, police said that Harper died of “multiple injuries”.

It is not yet clear at which stage PC Harper died.

Det Supt Ailsa Kent said: “A post-mortem was carried out on Andrew’s body and the cause of death has been recorded as multiple injuries.

“(That) is consistent with our current belief that Andrew was caught between a vehicle and the road and then dragged for a distance.”

Forensics on the scene at the Four Houses Corner caravan site
Forensics on the scene at the Four Houses Corner caravan site
SWNS:South West News Service

Ten murder suspects, aged 13-30, were arrested from a nearby local authority-run caravan and mobile home site, Four Houses Corner.

Police were given a 36 hour extension to their custody to carry out interviews.

The investigation in to PC Harper’s death is also carrying out house to house enquiries, checking CCTV, forensic exams and taking witness statements.

On August 19, Jed Foster, 20, was charged with the murder of the officer.

What has been said about this death?

PC Harper’s heartbroken wife said: “My darling boy I do not know how I will be able to survive without you.

“Anyone who was lucky enough to meet you, whether they knew you as Andrew, Andy, Uncle Mann, Harps or PC Harper … to everyone you are a hero.

“You had the best sense of humour and never took life too seriously.

“You treasured every moment and always had a smile on your face.”

Grieving Lissie praised her husband who “wanted to keep everyone safe” and “went the extra mile”.

She said: “The lights have dimmed on all of our lives now that you are no longer here, but it’s no surprise that even when you’re gone, you’re still keeping us all going, knowing that you would tell us to carry on and stay strong.

“I can’t begin to imagine a life without your silly jokes, size 14 feet, large appetite, big hugs, Sunday roasts, and never faltering positive attitude.

“You kept me going if I was down and took care of us all until the last.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid tribute to PC Harper who made the “ultimate sacrifice”.

He said: “The murder of PC Andrew Harper is a mindless and a brutal crime, obviously all our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleague.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was “totally shocked” by the death.

Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson paid tribute to the “incredible bravery” of police officers.

Home Secretary Priti Patel paid tribute, saying: “I’m devastated and appalled by the tragic death of PC Andrew Harper.

“My thoughts are with his loved ones, colleagues and the community he served with great pride at this immensely difficult time.

“PC Harper died in the line of duty protecting the public and his incredible bravery and extraordinary sacrifice will not be forgotten.”

An officer pays his respects at the scene of the incident
Ian Whittaker – The Sun

His mum left a message tied to a bouquet at the scene of his death: “We will never recover – our darling Andrew. You will never feel pain of growing old or a broken heart.

“I feel your presence comforting me in my darkest hours and minutes and know there’s enough to share with all those who love and need you right now.

“Sleep tight sweetheart. See you one day.”

“Forever loving Mum, Phil, Sean and Amelia.”

His gran Maureen Shrimpton said: “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 xxx”

Andrew’s uncle Dale Shrimpton wrote on Facebook: “He’s my oldest nephew. My sister’s first born. Mum and dad’s first grandson . . . and was married two weeks ago at a dream wedding. We are devastated.

“He was the loveliest person that you will ever meet. I can’t begin to tell you how we feel.”

Victims of crime helped by Andrew also paid tribute to him.

A woman tweeted: “PC Harper was the officer in the case when my then husband was arrested for domestic violence in 2016.

“He was brilliant & gave me the courage to take steps to change my life. I can’t thank him enough. He was a top officer.”

What is the JustGiving page and how much has been raised?

Donations for PC Harper hit £100,000 in just one day as his colleagues hailed him a heroism.

Thames Valley Police Federation have raised close to £250,00o for the killed officer’s family through the JustGiving page.

Donations of more than £26,000 have also flooded a page set up by PC Harper, who had pledged to undertake an endurance race for a children’s cancer charity.

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