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Fund in memory of PC Andrew Harper reaches £160k

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A fundraising page set up in memory of a Thames Valley police officer killed in Berkshire has raised more than £160,000.

The page was set up by the Thames Valley Police Federation following the death of PC Andrew Harper, who died on 15th August while on duty.

The newlywed officer died of multiple injuries after he was dragged along by a vehicle after attending reports of a robbery in the village of Bradfield Southend, Berkshire, at 11.30pm on Thursday night.

Ten males, aged between 13 and 30, were arrested at a nearby caravan park an hour after the incident, Thames Valley Police confirmed.

The Thames Valley Police Federation has thanked everyone who has contributed to a fundraising page set up in memory of PC Andrew Harper.

Federation Representative Andy Fiddler says the federation wanted to make sure that PC Harper's wife and family could be "looked after in the best way possible."

On the fundraising page, it reads: “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.”

Pc Harper’s father, Philip, said the family have been “absolutely devastated” by the death, telling Sky News: “We’re in a bad place.”

It reads: “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.”

The funds raised will be given to PC Harper's family, where they will decide how money raised through the page is used.

The fundraising page can be found here.