Police across the district have rallied round the family of a Thames Valley PC who was killed on duty.

PC Andrew Harper, who worked on the roads policing proactive unit based at Abingdon Police Station, was called out to a reported burglary before his death.

Thames Valley Police has launched a murder investigation into the serious incident which occurred at around 11.30pm last night (August 15) near the A4 Bath Road.


A fellow traffic cop, who goes by the name of Robbo Robson online, described the situation as "so sad".

WYP Roads Policing Unit said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with fellow traffic officer PC Andy Harper, his family and colleagues through this horrific time."

While PC Sarah Barberini, who has spent 10 years in the police force, said she had "no words" after hearing the news.

West Yorkshire Police has responded to the tragedy by saying: "Sending our condolences to the family of PC Harper and colleagues at ThamesVP after hearing of today’s terrible news."


WY Police Specials also described the incident as "terrible news".

The force has since 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.

A cordon is now in place at the crossroads near to Sulhamstead as the murder investigation continues.

Jason Hogg, deputy chief constable in the Thames Valley unit, 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.”