10 arrested after English policeman killed on duty
10 people have been arrested after an on-duty police officer was killed in England.
The officer, whose name was Andrew Harper, was investigating a burglary at around 11.30pm on Thursday night (15 August) when he was killed. The incident occurred at the A4, Bath Road, between Reading and Newbury in the county of Berkshire.
In a statement issued on Friday morning, Thames Valley Police confirmed that "PC Andrew Harper from the Roads Policing Proactive Unit based at Abingdon Police Station, who was attending a reported burglary, was killed while performing his duties."
A murder investigation has immediately been launched.
A total of 10 arrests have been made, and all those who have been arrested are still detained. Those arrested range in age from 13 to 30.
Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Blaik, of the Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit, said: "This is a tragic incident, and I would like to reassure the public as well as our officers and staff that we have launched a full and thorough investigation to establish what has happened."
Deputy Chief Constable Jason Hogg 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."