PC Andrew Harper's family release new heartbreaking photos as colleagues pay silent tribute

PC Andrew Harper with his father-in-law Simon. (PA)

The devastated family of PC Andrew Harper have released a photo album in tribute to the officer.

PC Harper died last week while responding to reports of a burglary near the Berkshire town of Sulhamstead.

The 28-year-old newlywed suffered multiple injuries after being dragged under a vehicle and was then possibly hit by a police car.

On Friday his mother paid tribute to the dead officer and said the family’s “lives and hearts have been torn apart”.

Andrew Harper carrying his niece Ellie on his shoulders. (PA)
Andrew Harper with his wife Lissie, sister-in-law Kate, brother-in-law Jake and Jake's partner Tess. (PA)

His mother Debbie was among family members paying tribute to Pc Harper as police forces across the country planned to observe a minute’s silence in his honour on Friday morning.

After thanking police officers, paramedics and the general public, she said: “Going on to my dearest and desperately missed Andrew, our lives and hearts have been torn apart, to be taken from us all and his childhood sweetheart Lissie and her lovely family who have been his closest family of late.”

As a boy, Pc Harper was “always the most balanced, calm, caring, loving, but hilariously funny character”, she said, adding: “Everything he did was with a smile. WeirdIy I cannot even remember a time he was angry or in a bad mood.”

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She finished by saying: “We are devastated and bereft but, as Andrew always lived, with dignity, honour and calmness, we intend to grieve in this way.

“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.”

The officer’s father Phil and stepmother Karen described him as “more incredible than Mr Incredible, more super than Superman”, adding: “You had time for everyone, time to listen to them, bringing comfort and calmness wherever you went.

PC Andrew Harper on his wedding day. He had been due to go on his honeymoon the week after he was killed. (PA)
Andrew Harper with his sister-in-law Kate and his wife Lissie at their wedding. (PA)
PC Andrew Harper with his mother-in-law Julie on his wedding day. (PA)

“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.”

Pc Harper had been married to Lissie for just four weeks when he died, and she described him as “the kindest, loveliest, most selfless” person.

His brother Sean said it was only weeks ago that he was writing the best man’s speech for the wedding, adding: “You were the funniest, bravest, most compassionate person I’ve ever known, and it is such an honour and a privilege to be able to call you my big brother.”

Pc Harper’s 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.”

At 11am, Thames Valley Police will fall silent to honour his memory, and other forces across England have also said they will pay their respects.

A minute's silence taking place for Pc Andrew Harper at the Thames Valley Police Training Centre in Sulhamstead on Friday. (PA)

Leicestershire Police Chief Constable Simon Cole said his force will observe the silence, and Kent Police’s road policing unit also tweeted in support.

They are among several forces and emergency services to respond to Thames Valley Police’s tweet announcing the tribute.

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, which works within Thames Valley’s force area, responded 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 Pc Harper.

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.

Officers lined up for a minute's silence in tribute to their colleague. (PA)
Floral tributes were laid for PC Harper at the Thames Valley Police Training Centre. (PA)