Hero cop Andrew Harper will be laid to rest in official police funeral to honour his 'bravery'

HERO cop Andrew Harper who died while responding to reports of a burglary will be laid to rest in an official police funeral, his force have announced.

The newlywed cop, from Thames Valley Police, was killed on August 15 just days before he was due to go on his honeymoon.


PC Harper died from multiple injuries after being dragged under a vehicle and was then possibly hit by a police car, near the village of Sulhamstead in Berkshire.

A force spokesman said: "PC Andrew Harper's family has confirmed that they wish for a formal police funeral to take place.

"We will continue to work closely with Andrew's family so that their wishes are front and centre and ensure that the funeral is a fitting tribute that honours our colleague Andrew's strength, courage and bravery.

"At this time we are not able to confirm any further details of the arrangements but will do so when we are able.

"The family have asked that their privacy be respected at this very difficult time.

"We would like to thank the public, the wider police family and our partners for all of their support and tributes to our colleague PC Andrew Harper."

PC Harper had been married to Lissie for just four weeks when he died, and she described him as her "Superman" in an emotional tribute.

They had tied the knot on July 18 at Ardington House, a Georgian manor in Oxfordshire, and were due to go on honeymoon the week after he was killed.

Police forces across the country held a minute's silence in his honour on August 23.

PC Harper was the first policeman to be killed since PC Keith Palmer was stabbed to death during the Westminster terror attack in 2017.

The 28-year-old joined the force as a special constable in 2010 and worked for the Roads Policing Proactive Unit.

He was with another police officer when he was killed.

Jed Foster, 20, has been charged with his murder and will face a trial next year.




OFFICERS KILLED WHILE ON DUTY

Pc Andrew Harper joins a long list of colleagues killed in the line of duty.

A National Police Memorial roll of honour in London lists all the officers who have been killed by criminal acts in the line of duty since 1680.

Among them was unarmed Pc Keith Palmer, who was stabbed in March 2017 by Khalid Masood during the Westminster Bridge terror attack.

Pc Gary Toms, 37, was critically injured confronting suspects in Leyton, east London, on April 11 2009.

He died six days later when his life support machine was switched off – 25 years to the day after Pc Yvonne Fletcher was shot dead outside the Libyan embassy in London while controlling a crowd of demonstrators.

Pc Fiona Bone, 32, and Pc Nicola Hughes, 23, were murdered by Dale Cregan in Greater Manchester in September 2012.

Pc Ricky Grey was shot in the head by a gunman who then turned the weapon on himself in Shrewsbury in 2007, and Pc Sharon Beshenivsky was shot dead when she and a colleague tried to stop armed robbers in Bradford in November 2005.

Another name on the roll is Pc Keith Blakelock, a 40-year-old father of three who was set on by a mob and hacked to death with a machete during the Broadwater Farm riots in 1985.
Pc Ian Broadhurst, 34, of West Yorkshire Police, was murdered by David Bieber, 38, in Leeds on Boxing Day 2003. Bieber also shot two of Pc Broadhurst's colleagues.

Detective Constable Michael Swindells, 44, died after he was knifed in the stomach as he and colleagues conducted a search in Birmingham in May 2004.

Detective Constable Stephen Oake died during a police raid on a flat in Crumpsall, Manchester, in January 2003.

Pc Alison Armitage, 29, was run down by a stolen car in March 2001. She died during an undercover operation in Hollinwood, near Oldham, Greater Manchester. She was run over twice by a driver in a stolen vehicle in the car park of a derelict pub.

In October 1997, Pc Nina Mackay was stabbed to death in a raid in Stratford, east London, by paranoid schizophrenic Magdi Elgizouli.

Police officers also find themselves in danger when they are off duty. Father-of-two Pc Ian Dibell, 41, was off work with a hand injury when he was killed near his home in Clacton in July 2012.

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