Police gather to pay tribute to fellow officer killed in Berkshire

  • Video report by ITV News Correspondent Rachel Younger

Police are among those who continue to gather and pay their respects to an officer who died while on duty in Berkshire.

PC Andrew Harper died of 'multiple injuries' after he was dragged by a vehicle after attending reports of a robbery in the village of Bradfield Southend at around 11.30pm on Thursday night.

On Monday, 20-year-old Jed Foster was charged with his murder as well as the theft of a quad bike.

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One tribute written on the flowers reads: "R.I.P. PC Harper, from a police officer in the MoD Police, you will never be forgotten."

Another reads: "To our brave colleague Andrew Harper. Gone but not forgotten. Our thoughts are with your friends and family."

Ambulance and Fire and Rescue Service personnel have also attended the scene where he died to pay their respects to PC Harper.

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Margaret, a former Thames Valley Police officer, says she had to come down and pay tribute.

She says: "Even though I retired three years ago, when one of the police family is killed under such tragic circumstances, you can't help but feel affected by it. And this one really got to me. It was just so tragic and so awful."

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More than £140,000 has been raised to be given to the family of PC Andrew Harper.

The National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, John Apter, said in a statement on Friday: “Every day police officers run towards the unknown, putting themselves in harm’s way to do their duty and protect the public. Sadly, on awful occasions such as this they make the ultimate sacrifice. When one of us falls the loss is felt by the entire police family."

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