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Police and campaigners stand in a minute’s silence to remember PC Andrew Harper

Moment to remember police officer who died last week

23 August, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

POLICE and campaigners stood together in a minute’s silence in Camden to remember PC Andrew Harper this morning (Friday).

PC Harper, 28, an officer for Thames Valley Police, died after being dragged along the road by a vehicle in Berkshire last week.

He had got married four weeks before he died. One man has been charged with murder.

Terry Ellis, from Camden Against Violence, helped organise a minute’s silence with dozens of officers outside Kentish Town Police Station, on Holmes Road, this morning.

Police forces across the country stood in unity to remember the fallen officer at 11am.

Mr Ellis said: “I thought it was good to show our respect with police officers in Kentish Town.

“It’s to show the community we are all working towards the same goal. The police do a fantastic job, they are the people we go to when we are in trouble.”

Chief Superintendent Raj Kohli, Camden and Islington Borough Commander, said: “I was in Africa on holiday when I heard the news of his death – I immediately contacted my office to make sure that flags were at half mast in honour of a colleague who had lost his life in the line of duty and whilst serving the public.

“This news was all the more impactive to me personally because my son has recently become a police officer as well and although I am a police officer, I am a parent first.

“The death of any colleague in the line of duty has an impact across all police services – the policing family is a close family and the death of a family member in such circumstances is felt by everyone.

“The minute’s silence is a chance for officers and staff to spend time thinking about the fallen officer, his friends and his family.  It is also a chance to think about our own friends and family knowing that we can never know the last time we will be able to see and hold them.”

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