The newlywed officer (pictured), 28, died of multiple injuries after he was ‘dragged to his death by a getaway van’ while investigating a burglary reported in the village of Bradfield Southend, Berkshire, at around 11.30pm on Thursday night
Well-wishers have donated almost £100,000 to support the family and widow of murdered police officer Andrew Harper.
A fundraising page set up by Thames Valley Police Federation to support Pc Harper’s widow, Lissie, and his family has raised more than £90,000 so far.
Another fundraising page that Mr Harper himself created to raise money for a run in aid of a children’s charity has also been given more than £16,000.
The newlywed officer, 28, died of multiple injuries after he was ‘dragged to his death by a getaway van’ while investigating a burglary reported in the village of Bradfield Southend, Berkshire, at around 11.30pm on Thursday night.
Ten people between the ages of 13 and 30 have been arrested on suspicion of Mr Harper’s murder at the Four Houses Corner caravan site.
Police have been granted an extra 36 hours to question the suspects, Detective Superintendent Ailsa Kent told reporters on Saturday.
A fundraising page (pictured) set up by Thames Valley Police Federation to support Pc Harper’s widow, Lissie, and his family has raised more than £91,000 so far
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.’
Pc Harper, who tied the knot with new wife Lissie just four weeks ago in what relatives have described as a ‘dream wedding’, was due to go on his honeymoon in a few days.
Images show the couple celebrating their wedding at the award-winning Ardington House, a Georgian manor set in gardens and parkland in Oxfordshire.
Newlywed PC Andrew Harper had married his fiancée Lissie on July 18, and they were due to go on honeymoon together next week
Flowers left at the scene where PC Andrew Harper was tragically killed on Thursday in Sulhamstead, Berkshire, August 17
Police officers stand in silence at the scene where Thames Valley Pc Andrew Harper, 28, died
On Sunday, country roads near the Four Houses Corner caravan park were closed as police scoured ditches for evidence near the site where the suspects were arrested.
Several forensic officers could be seen on Saturday gathered around what appeared to be a black hatchback car inside the park, which is near Burghfield Common.
Grieving officers have laid floral tributes at the scene where their colleague was killed at the junction of Ufton Lane and Lambdens Hill.
Some could be seen embracing, while one wiped away a tear from her cheek.
One tribute, accompanied by an image of Pc Harper smiling with a friend, said: ‘Harps, I am truly gutted. A great cop, a great man, a great friend.
‘There will always be a part of my heart missing now. RIP mate, love you. Chef, Sarah and Harry.’
Floral tributes were left to the fallen officer following news of his death. One note said it had been a ‘shockingly sad day’
Thames Valley Chief Constable John Campbell said on Friday that Pc Harper joined as a special constable in 2010 before becoming a police officer a year later, serving in the Roads Policing Proactive Unit based at Abingdon.
Mr Campbell said Pc Harper was a ‘highly regarded, popular member of the team.’
He added: ‘Everybody I’ve spoken to about Andrew talked about the incredible personality he was, what a fantastic police officer, and what a great friend and man he was, and he’ll be sorely missed by everybody.’
Meanwhile, another fundraising page set up by Pc Harper in aid of children suffering with cancer has been flooded with donations.
Home Secretary Priti Patel called for government crackdowns on sentencing those who assault police officers
He made the page with a £500 target for the 20-mile, 200-obstacle Dirty Weekend race in Peterborough in May next year.
But a deluge of donations has now taken the total amount raised to more than £16,000 in aid of Children with Cancer UK.
He had written: ‘Even if only one child benefits then it will be well and truly worth it.’
Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the death of Pc Harper a ‘mindless and brutal’ crime, saying he was ‘shocked and appalled’ by the attack.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said she had ‘instructed the Home Office to urgently explore what we can do to better support the families of our brave police officers who are seriously injured or worse by cowardly criminals’.