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UPDATE: More time granted to question suspects over police murder

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Detectives have been granted more time to detain 10 suspects who are being questioned on suspicion of murder, following the death of PC Andrew Harper.

Ten males aged between 13 and 30 were arrested on suspicion of murder within an hour of the incident happening on Thursday night.

Last night Thames Valley Police were granted a 24 hour extension to their custody, by Reading Magistrates’ Court.

Officers have been laying flowers at the cordon in Sulhamstead Credit: PA

PC Andrew Harper, 28, died following a “serious incident” at about 11.30pm on Thursday near the A4 Bath Road, between Reading and Newbury, at the village of Sulhamstead in Berkshire.

In a press briefing, the force said PC Harper died from 'multiple injuries'.

Extensive searches have been taking place at the scene where the newlywed officer had died when he was dragged along by a vehicle, after responding to a reported burglary.

On Saturday, Thames Valley Police had been granted an extra 36 hours to question the 10 males arrested on suspicion of murder.

THE MALES ARE:

  • A 17-year-old from Bramley, Hampshire.
  • A 17-year-old from Aldermaston, Berkshire.
  • A 20-year-old from Burghfield, Berkshire.
  • A 16-year-old from Burghfield Common, Berkshire.
  • An 18-year-old from Mortimer, Berkshire.
  • A 24-year-old from Bramley, Hampshire.
  • A 30-year-old from Burghfield Common, Berkshire.
  • A 20-year-old from Reading, Berkshire.
  • A 16-year-old from Burghfield Common, Berkshire.
  • A 13-year-old from Burghfield Common, Berkshire.
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Forensics teams have been searching the A4 Bath Road since 1130am Credit: PA

Teams are continuing to investigate the death of PC Andrew Harper and have been carrying out searches along the A4 Bath Road.

The road has been closed at the junctions of Ufton Lane and Lambdens Hill, near to Sulhamstead.

Badges on floral tributes at the scene, where Thames Valley Police officer Pc Andrew Harper died Credit: PA