Police officer is killed while performing his duties as he attended reported burglary
A murder investigation was launched today after a police officer was killed while responding to reports of a burglary.
PC Andrew Harper from the Thames Valley Police Roads Policing Proactive Unit was based at Abingdon Police Station in Oxfordshire.
The incident happened at about 11.30pm last night near the A4 Bath Road between Reading and Newbury at the crossroads of Ufton Lane and Lambdens Hill.
Ten people have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently in police custody at various police stations across the Thames Valley.
Deputy Chief Constable Jason Hogg 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.
‘Our thoughts also extend to all of Andrew’s colleagues within Thames Valley Police. As a force we are devastated at the loss of our colleague and will all be supporting each other at this difficult time.’
Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Blaik, of the Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit, said: ‘This is a tragic incident, and I would like to reassure the public as well as our officers and staff that we have launched a full and thorough investigation to establish what has happened.
‘We have made a total of ten arrests in connection with this incident, and those arrested are currently in police custody. Those arrested are all male and aged between 13 and 30.
‘I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident to get in touch. If you have any information which you think could be at all relevant to our investigation, no matter how insignificant it may seem, please leave details on our website at https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/ or call 101.’