Dorset fire crews pay tribute to Berkshire PC

Dorset fire crews pay tribute to Berkshire PC

Published by Helen Down at 10:01am 17th August 2019. (Updated at 11:40am 17th August 2019)

PC Andrew Harper died in the line of duty.

Dorset fire crews have paid tribute to Berkshire PC  Andrew Harper who died in the line of duty.

  • Ten people are still being questioned after a newlywed policeman was dragged along by a vehicle before he died. 
  • PC Andrew Harper was killed as he responded to a reported burglary near a village in Berkshire on Thursday night
  • Dorchester, Bridport, and Portland fire stations say their 'thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues'
Portland Fire Station pay tribute

Police say they are working "hard and diligently to find out what happened".

A post-mortem examination is taking place to establish the cause of death.

PC Harper was married last month in a ceremony at Ardington House in Oxfordshire and was due to go on his honeymoon next week.

Andy Fiddler, from Thames Valley Police Federation, said the news was "totally devastating".  He said:

"All our thoughts - and the thoughts of the entire police family across the UK - are with the family, friends and close colleagues of PC Andrew Harper, who died last night.

"Police officers go to work each and every day to do their duty. We are courageous, caring and compassionate. We confront danger on a daily basis.

"We know there is a risk when we put on the uniform but we do so as we are proud to protect the public.

"Sadly on very rare and horrendous occasions a colleague makes the ultimate sacrifice. We will ensure that heroism is never forgotten."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was "deeply shocked and appalled by the death of a brave officer on duty". 

 "My thoughts are with PC Harper's family, friends and colleagues at this terrible time.

"It is the most powerful reminder that police officers up and down the country put themselves at risk every single day to keep us safe. They have my absolute support."

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was "totally shocked", adding that the incident demonstrated the need for increased focus on police numbers.

"Let's just think for a moment of the horror of it, but also for the need for more police officers to be able to respond to disorder in our society, but also the problem of guns and the problem of violence that is growing," 

The officer's grandmother, Maureen Shrimpton, posted on Facebook:

"Just a really horrible day. 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."

His mother Deborah Adlam had also shared a picture with her son on Facebook - telling friends she was "so proud" of him.

Other relatives have said that the couple had a "dream wedding".

PC Harper was also preparing to take on a huge challenge for charity - a 20-mile, 200-obstacle race - that was due to take place in May next year.

A Virgin fundraising page shows that he was hoping to raise £500 for a children's cancer charity.  He had written:

"Personally I have never been much of a runner - the longest I've ever done to date being 10K however I have decided to run... to try and help save the lives of children with cancer and keep families together. Even if only one child benefits then it will be well and truly worth it.

"Wherever possible, please support me in this goal and help us fight for those who can't fight for themselves."

The Police Roll of Honour Trust, which commends officers who have died in the line of duty, has said PC Harper's death will be recorded on the list, adding: "His service and sacrifice will never be forgotten."