A murder investigation has been launched after a Thames Valley police office was killed while attending to reports of a burglary in Berkshire at 11.30pm last night near to the A4, Bath Road, between Reading and Newbury. Ten people – aged between 13 and 30 – have been arrested on suspicion of murder. The attack took place at the crossroads of Ufton Lane and Lambdens Hill, near to Sulhamstead.
PC Andrew Harper from the Roads Policing Proactive Unit based at Abingdon Police Station was named as the officer killed while performing his duties.
Deputy Chief Constable Jason Hogg paid tribute, saying: “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.
“Our thoughts also extend to all of Andrew’s colleagues within Thames Valley Police.
“As a force we are devastated at the loss of our colleague and will all be supporting each other at this difficult time.”
A scene watch remains in place at the scene of the incident and Ufton Lane and Lambdens Hill remain closed.
The A4, Bath Road has since re-opened.
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.
“We have made a total of ten arrests in connection with this incident, and those arrested are currently in police custody. Those arrested are all male and aged between 13 and 30.
“I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident to get in touch. If you have any information which you think could be at all relevant to our investigation, no matter how insignificant it may seem.”
Witnesses have been urged to visit the Thames Valley police website or call 101.
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