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Hundreds turn out for ‘exceptional’ PC’ Harper’s funeral

A police officer who died while on duty was described as "exceptional" as hundreds turned out for his funeral.

PC Andrew Harper, 28, from Thames Valley Police, was killed on 15 August near the village of Sulhamstead in Berkshire.

The newlywed died from multiple injuries after being dragged under a van.

Hundreds of people came to watch the officer's coffin arriving at Christ Church cathedral in Oxford this morning.

Uniformed officers lined the streets of the city along the route of the procession, which was led by mounted officers from Thames Valley Police.

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Image: PC Harper's funeral has taken place in Oxford

PC Harper's coffin was draped in a navy flag featuring a police crest.

Thames Valley Police lead chaplain Reverend Helen Arnold opened the service which was attended by officers from his force and neighbouring units.

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Lissie Harper left a symbol of her husband's life next to his picture in the cathedral
Image: Lissie Harper left a symbol of her husband's life next to his picture in the cathedral

PC Harper's family laid symbols of his life in front of a large photo of him. Items included a Mr Men mug, a box of eggs and a jar of Nutella.

PC Harper's coffin was carried by his colleagues
Image: PC Harper's coffin was carried by his colleagues

During the service, songs by Shirley Bassey and Russell Watson were played as well as performances from the cathedral choir.

The Dean of Christ Church cathedral, the Very Reverend Professor Martyn Percy, described PC Harper as a "kind, brave, strong and loyal man".

Members of the public line the streets of Oxford to pay their respects as the funeral cortege for PC Andrew Harper, the Thames Valley Police officer who died from multiple injuries after being dragged under a van while responding to reports of a burglary, makes its way to Christ Church Cathedral in St Aldate's, Oxford. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday October 14, 2019. See PA story POLICE Harper. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire
Image: Mounted police led the procession through Oxford

He added: "Some might say he was an ordinary man with an ordinary job. I do not agree.

"He represented policing at its best. He was everything you wanted in a police officer. Authentic, brave, genuine and kind.

"Such tributes are treasure for a treasured man but they do not take away the pain of our grief and the pain of our loss.

"Today we mourn an exceptional man who died in the line of duty and even as we do we give thanks to each and every one here and watching.

Members of the public line the streets of Oxford to pay their respects as the funeral cortege for PC Andrew Harper, the Thames Valley Police officer who died from multiple injuries after being dragged under a van while responding to reports of a burglary, makes its way to Christ Church Cathedral in St Aldate's, Oxford. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday October 14, 2019. See PA story POLICE Harper. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire
Image: The police officer's funeral was expected to be attended by more than 800

"They selflessly serve our society, the thin blue line which runs through our community.

"They continue to inspire us just as Andrew does."

The officer had been married to his partner Lissie for just four weeks when he died and she said he was "the kindest, loveliest, most selfless" person.

Mourners arrive at the service in Oxford
Image: Mourners arrive at the service in Oxford

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