PC Andrew Harper: Family reverence to ‘hero’ officer

Media captionThames Valley Police chaplain, Helen Arnold, led a use during a force’s training centre in Sulhamstead

The family of a military officer killed while questioning a thievery have paid reverence to him as army opposite a nation hold a minute’s silence.

PC Andrew Harper, 28, died after he was dragged along a highway by a car in Sulhamstead, Berkshire, on 15 August.

Thames Valley Police led a silence, that was celebrated by army opposite a country, during 11:00 BST.

PC Harper’s mom Debbie pronounced she was changed by a “outpouring of love” given her son’s death.

“We are ravaged and bereft though as Andrew always lived, with dignity, honour and patience we intend to suffer in this way,” she said.

“A large partial of me has left with you, we can't suppose a lives going brazen though we will do so with Andrew in a hearts.”

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PC Harper’s kin hugged after a silence

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L to R: Aimee (Andrew’s sister) Phil (Andrew’s father) Lissie, Andrew, Karen (Andrew’s step-mother) Sean (Andrew’s brother)

More than 100 officers and staff fell wordless during a Thames Valley Police training centre in Sulhamstead, where flowers had been laid in a grounds.

PC Harper’s family and friends stood in remembrance, fixation a sunflower and a fragrance among a tributes. A military officer blew a alarm to symbol a start of a silence.

Chief Constable John Campbell pronounced a arise was “not a commemorative service”, though a “time for gathering, a time for postponement and a time to reflect”.

He called PC Harper, who grew adult in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, a “dearly desired and reputable colleague, crony and unapproachable military officer”.

Force clergyman Helen Arnold led a observance service, praying for “family and tighten friends, for whom Andrew’s genocide left such emptiness”.

“This military family to that he belonged will not forget him,” she said.

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PC Harper’s mother Lissie pronounced her father was “the kindest, loveliest, many unselfish chairman we will ever meet”

PC Harper, who got married 4 weeks before his death, was killed on a A4 Bath Road.

The roads policing officer, who became a unchanging officer in 2011 after fasten as a special deputy a year earlier, had attended a reported break-in with a associate deputy during about 23:30 BST.

A autopsy hearing resolved that he died of mixed injuries.

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Forces opposite a country, including West Midlands Police, hold a minute’s overpower for PC Harper

Forces in Hampshire, Leicestershire and Kent announced colleagues would join Thames Valley and tumble wordless to remember PC Harper.

Members of South Central Ambulance Service and Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue use also took part.

A fundraising page set adult by a Thames Valley Police Federation, that represents rank-and-file officers, had lifted some-more than £260,000 for his family.

Media captionBlue ribbons have placed in reverence to PC Harper around his hometown

PC Harper’s father, Phil, described his son as a “hero, if not a superhero”.

“Although Andrew was a strongest male we knew, he was also a large softy with a outrageous heart,” he added.

“Rest in assent my son, we have done us so unapproachable of we and we will always adore and skip you.”

PC Harper’s hermit Sean and sister Aimee pronounced their hermit was a “funniest, bravest, many merciful person” and was a “protector during heart”.

PC Harper’s mother Lissie, pronounced her father was a “kindest, loveliest, many unselfish chairman we will ever meet”.

Jed Foster, 20, who has been charged with murdering PC Harper, has been remanded in control forward of a intensity hearing subsequent January.

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PC Andrew Harper was married only 4 weeks before he was killed