Police are already lining the streets for the funeral of Police officer Andrew Harper, who died whereas responding to stories of a housebreaking and who was described as a ‘hero’ forward of the day’s memorial service.
The 28-year-old newlywed, of Thames Valley Police, was killed on August 15 close to the village of Sulhamstead in Berkshire. He died from a number of accidents after being dragged beneath a van.
Greater than 800 persons are anticipated to attend his funeral at Christ Church Cathedral on St Aldate’s, Oxford, at 11am at this time.
Thames Valley Police mentioned whereas it’s a personal funeral, the general public can ‘pay their respects alongside the processional route’.
Mounted police rode down a central Oxford avenue this morning for the funeral of PC Andrew Harper as members of the general public lined the streets to pay their respects
Officers lined the route because the funeral cortege moved via the streets making its approach to Christ Church Cathedral in St Aldate’s
PC Harper’s badge and hat may very well be glimpsed via the window of the hearse because it moved slowly via the streets
A clearly upset officer was glimpsed wiping away a tear at this time throughout the funeral of PC Andrew Harper who was killed whereas investigating a housebreaking in August
Nonetheless the household has requested that no flowers are delivered to the cathedral or to the procession.
Craig O’Leary, chairman of Thames Valley Police Federation, mentioned PC Harper was a ‘hero’, who was beloved by his household, mates and colleagues.
In a press release, Mr O’Leary mentioned: ‘PC Andrew Harper beloved being a police officer. It’s our unhappy responsibility at this time to pay our final respects to him and help his spouse Lissie, his household and his mates at his funeral.
‘This has actually hit us all onerous and shocked everybody in the entire police service.’
Mourners arrive at Christ Church Cathedral in St Aldate’s, Oxford for the funeral of PC Andrew Harper, the Thames Valley Police officer who died whereas responding to stories of a housebreaking.
Uniformed officers have been photographed arriving within the quadrangle at Christ Church Cathedral in St Aldate’s, Oxford
Members of the general public line the streets of Oxford to pay their respects forward of the funeral service for PC Andrew Harper
PC Andrew Harper married his spouse Lissie simply 4 weeks earlier than his loss of life on the age of 28 in August
Police have warned of some disruption within the metropolis attributable to highway closures between 8am and 12.30pm for the funeral procession.
St Aldate’s shall be closed from town centre to its junction with Speedwell Road and there may even be highway closures on The Plain, Magdalen Bridge and Excessive Road, police mentioned.
Computer Harper’s household has requested for any donations to be made to the Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital on Aston Street, Haddenham, or the Blue Cross re-homing centre on London Street, Lewknor.
In the meantime, hundreds of individuals have signed up to participate in a ‘experience of respect’ in PC Harper’s reminiscence on October 27.
The bike occasion is because of set off from RAF Benson to Abingdon Airfield in Oxfordshire.
Organiser Sian Sloper, from Caversham, mentioned 2,240 folks had registered to participate to this point.
Computer Harper had been married to his companion Lissie for simply 4 weeks when he died.
She described him as ‘the kindest, loveliest, most selfless’ individual.
Henry Lengthy, 18, from Mortimer in Studying, and two 17-year-old boys, who can’t be named due to their age, have been charged with homicide and conspiracy to steal a quad bike.
Thomas King, 21, from Basingstoke, can be accused of conspiracy to steal a quad bike.
Jed Foster, 20, was additionally accused of PC Harper’s homicide, however prosecutors dropped the costs in opposition to him as there was not a practical prospect of conviction.