Boris Johnson 'shocked and appalled' after police officer killed while investigating burglary

Posted On: 
16th August 2019

Boris Johnson has said he is “shocked and appalled” as he led tributes to a police officer who was killed while attending a reported burglary.

Officers attend the scene near Sulhamstead, Berkshire
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A murder investigation has been launched into the death of PC Andrew Harper, who was killed in Berkshire on Thursday night.

According to Thames Valley Police, ten males aged between 13 to 30 have so far been arrested on suspicion of murder.

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The Prime Minister said: “I am deeply shocked and appalled by the death of a brave officer on duty in Thames Valley last night.

“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 day single day to keep us safe.

“They have my absolute support.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel added: “My thoughts are with the family of PC Andrew Harper who was killed in the line of duty last night.”

PC Harper served in the Roads Policing Proactive Unit, based at Abingdon Police Station.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn meanwhile condemned the incident as “appalling”.

He said: “Sending my condolences to PC Andrew Harper’s family and colleagues.

“For a police officer to be killed doing his duty is appalling. Whoever is responsible must be brought to justice.”

Deputy Chief Constable Jason Hogg, of Thames Valley Police, 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.”