Officers gather at Newbury Police Station to pay respects to PC Harper

OFFICERS from Thames Valley Police have gathered for a memorial to PC Andrew Harper ahead of the first anniversary of his death on Saturday.

Around 20 officers are gathered at Newbury police station in Berkshire for one of several services being held on Friday.

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Simultaneous services are also being held in Sulhamstead, Berkshire, and Abingdon, Oxfordshire, where he was based.

Due to social distancing requirements, the memorials will be repeated to allow more officers to pay their respects.

Officers across Thames Valley Police will hold a minute’s silence at 11am.

Addressing the gathered officers at Newbury police station, Inspector Al Hawkett said: “We gather here today, as we did a year ago, to remember PC Andrew Harper, who gave his life on behalf of others.”

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Mr Hawkett said PC Harper’s death had affected the whole force and the wider policing family over the past year.

He added: “Andrew was a brave young police officer, killed whilst doing the job that he loved.

“He was a good man who believed in policing.

“His dedication to protect the public from harm is testament to his courage and professionalism.”

Reading Chronicle