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Four arrested over death of PC Andrew Harper killed on duty

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated family handout photo issued by Thames Valley Police of 28-year-old PC Andrew Harper, who was killed responding to reports of a burglary in the Berkshire village of Bradfield Southend on August 15. Pc Harper's family and friends have paid tribute to him ahead of minute's silence at the Thames Valley Police Training Centre in Sulhamstead. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday August 23, 2019. See PA story POLICE Berkshire. Photo credit should read: Thames Valley Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Police have arrested a man, 21, and three teenagers who were previously arrested over the death of the PC (Picture: PA)

Three teenagers and a man, 21, have been arrested by police on suspicion of murdering newly-married police officer Andrew Harper after new evidence emerged, detectives said.

Pc Harper, 28, married his wife Lissie just four weeks before he was killed while responding to reports of a burglary near the Berkshire village of Sulhamstead on 15 August.

Police said the officer died of multiple injuries after he was hit by a car and dragged along a road for several hundred meters.

The four arrested by police are currently in police custody on suspicion of murder and theft, a force spokesman said, after a series of warrants were carried out by more than 100 officers across Berkshire and Hampshire this morning.

A statement said: The three people, who are all male, were originally arrested on Friday, 16 August. They were then released on bail until Thursday, 12 September, and were then re-bailed until 16 November.

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They are an 18-year-old man and two 17-year-old boys, all from the Reading area.

Today, they have been re-arrested along with a 21-year-old man from Basingstoke, who has been arrested for the first time in connection with this investigation.

They are all currently in police custody.

Undated family handout photo issued by Thames Valley Police of 28-year-old PC Andrew Harper on his wedding day. Pc Harper was killed responding to reports of a burglary in the Berkshire village of Bradfield Southend on August 15. Family and friends have paid tribute to him ahead of minute's silence at the Thames Valley Police Training Centre in Sulhamstead. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday August 23, 2019. See PA story POLICE Berkshire. Photo credit should read: Thames Valley Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Andrew Harper on his wedding day less than a month before his death (Picture: PA)

Handout photo issued by Thames Valley Police of 28-year-old Pc Andrew Harper and his wife, Lissie. Harper's wife Lissie has released a tribute to him, calling him "the kindest, loveliest, most selfless person" and adding: "My darling boy I do not know how I will be able to survive without you." PC Harper died after being dragged under the wheels of a vehicle while responding to reports of a burglary in the Berkshire village of Bradfield, Southend, at 11.30pm on August 15. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday August 19, 2019. See PA story COURTS Berkshire. Photo credit should read: Thames Valley Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

PC Harper and his wife, Lissie (Picture: PA)

Detective Superintendent Ailsa Kent said: We are continuing to investigate the death of our colleague PC Andrew Harper, and today we have re-arrested three people in connection with this.

In addition to these re-arrests, we have also arrested a further suspect, a 21-year-old man from Basingstoke.

All four have been arrested on suspicion of murder and theft and are in our custody.

This follows new evidence coming to light as the investigation has progressed in recent weeks.

Members of the public might see an increased police presence at the locations of these warrants today. We appreciate the publics patience and support while we progress these critical lines of enquiry.

READING, ENGLAND - AUGUST 23: Family members look at floral tributes following a minute's silence for PC Andrew Harper at the Thames Valley Police Training Centre on August 23, 2019 in Sulhamstead near Reading, United Kingdom. PC Harper was killed on August 15 on the A4 near Reading and ongoing investigations have resulted in Jed<a href=https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/17/four-arrested-death-pc-andrew-harper-killed-duty-10756334/>Read More – Source</a></p> </body></html>

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