'I promise you will never be forgotten': PC Andrew Harper's 'devastated' family pay tribute to him and release more cherished photographs of the 'murdered' newlywed as his police colleagues across the country fall silent in his honour

  • PC Andrew Harper was killed while investigating a burglary in Berkshire last week
  • His grieving mother has today paid tribute to his 'dignity, honour and calmness'
  • Police forces around the UK today held a minute's silence in the officer's memory 

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The family of PC Andrew Harper, who was killed attending a burglary, have paid tribute to his 'dignity, honour and calmness' as officers around the country held a minute's silence in his memory.

PC Harper, 28, lost his life near Sulhamstead on the A4 in Berkshire while investigating a reported burglary last week.  

At 11am today, Thames Valley Police, as well as other forces around the country, held a minute's silence to honour the memory of the officer.

In a tribute released ahead of the minute's silence today, PC Harper's mother Debbie said of her family: 'We are devastated and bereft but as Andrew always lived with dignity, honour and calmness, we intend to grieve in this way. '

Addressing her son, she added: 'A big part of me has gone with you, I cannot imagine our lives going forward but we will do so with Andrew in our hearts.'

PC Andrew Harper with his wife Lissie (centre) and (left to right) his sister Aimee, father Phil, stepmother Karen and brother Sean

PC Andrew Harper with his wife Lissie (centre) and (left to right) his sister Aimee, father Phil, stepmother Karen and brother Sean

A minute's silence takes place for Pc Andrew Harper at the Thames Valley Police Training Centre in Sulhamstead, Berkshire

A minute's silence takes place for Pc Andrew Harper at the Thames Valley Police Training Centre in Sulhamstead, Berkshire

PC Harper's family joined his colleagues to remember him at the Thames Valley Police Training Centre in Sulhamstead

PC Harper's family joined his colleagues to remember him at the Thames Valley Police Training Centre in Sulhamstead

His father Phil, addressing his son, said: 'You would always put yourself forward to look after the people around you, and would always see the good in others.

'You always made us laugh, always bringing tears of happiness to our eyes.'

And PC Harper's brother Sean added: 'We all love you so much, I promise you will never be forgotten, and I promise that I will do my best to try to make you as proud of me as I am of you.'

His sister Aimee said: 'It takes my breath away every time the realisation sets in that I never get to see you again. But we were so, so lucky to all be together for the wedding which was perfect, you always brought us together.

More than 30 family members continued to pay heartfelt tributes, calling him 'more incredible than Mr Incredible, more super than Superman'.

As well as PC Harper's Thames Valley force, others police forces across England also paid their respects to PC Harper. 

Lynne Owens, director general of the National Crime Agency, tweeted earlier: 'At 11:00 today all @NCA will take a minute, alongside our policing colleagues, as a mark of deep respect for Police Constable Andrew Harper who was so tragically murdered. We will think of his wife, family, friends & colleagues. Remembering a hero.'

His family have paid tribute to him today, as they released photos of his life with wife Lissie

His family have paid tribute to him today, as they released photos of his life with wife Lissie

PC Harper's wife Lizzie said he was 'brave, funny' and 'genuinely cared for everyone'
PC Harper's wife Lizzie said he was 'brave, funny' and 'genuinely cared for everyone'

PC Harper's wife Lizzie said he was 'brave, funny' and 'genuinely cared for everyone'

The couple married a few weeks ago and had been due to go on their honeymoon this month

The couple married a few weeks ago and had been due to go on their honeymoon this month

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, which works within Thames Valley's force area, said yesterday that its staff would be 'standing in solidarity' after the initial announcement was liked and shared hundreds of times.

Jed Foster, 20, has been charged with murder over the death of the newlywed officer.

He was one of 10 men and boys aged between 13 and 30 arrested following the incident.

The remaining nine have been bailed until September 13.

A fundraising page set up by the Thames Valley Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file officers, had raised more than £260,000.

Members of the emergency services wept as they visited the crime scene earlier this week

Members of the emergency services wept as they visited the crime scene earlier this week

PC Harper was responding to reports of a burglary when he was dragged along by a vehicle

PC Harper was responding to reports of a burglary when he was dragged along by a vehicle

In a tribute, his widow, Lissie Harper, said her husband was 'the kindest, loveliest, most selfless person you will ever meet.

'You were brave, funny, and always there for anyone who needed it.'

Mrs Harper added that her husband loved being a police officer and 'always wanted to keep everyone safe, especially me'.

She said: 'You went the extra mile whenever you could and genuinely cared for everyone.

'The lights have dimmed on all of our lives now that you are no longer here, but it's no surprise that, even when you're gone, you're still keeping us all going, knowing that you would tell us to carry on and stay strong.'

She also thanked the public for the 'overwhelming' support shown to her and Pc Harper's family after his death.

PC Andrew Harper's devastated family pay tribute to him

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