Police are going to put plans in place to protect the victims of the suspected burglary PC Andrew Harper was called out to before his tragic death, according to reports.
PC Andrew Harper, 28, was dragged along by a vehicle as he attended a suspected burglary near Sulhamstead, a village near Reading and Newbury in Berkshire, on Thursday night.
Ten people, including a 13-year-old boy, were arrested on suspicion of murder.
Police are now reportedly concerned for the safety and well-being of the suspected burglary victims who called 999.
Plans are to be put in place to make sure they are not intimidated or threatened, reports claim.
A police source told the Daily Mail: “The safety and well-being of the victims of the burglary may well be an issue if, as it appears to be at this stage, it was the work of an organised criminal gang.
“There is likely to be plans in place to protect the burglary victims and ensure they are not intimidated or threatened by friends or associates’ of the culprits.”
Sources also told the Daily Mail that burglars ‘had been raiding an £800,000 Victorian country house in Berkshire that was being renovated’ and ‘stole a quad bike’ before PC Harper’s death.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday afternoon, Detective Superintendent Ailsa Kent, of Thames Valley Police, confirmed the force had been granted an extension to question the male suspects.
The suspects were all arrested at a caravan site, it also emerged.
The site near Burghfield Common was on lockdown last night.
Det Supt Kent said on Saturday: “I can confirm the males were arrested from a local authority-run caravan and mobile home site, Four Houses Corner, in Reading Road near Burghfield Common.
“Earlier today we sought a 36 hour extension to their custody and this was granted at Reading Magistates Court.
“A post-mortem was carried out on Andrew’s body yesterday and the cause of death has been recorded as multiple injuries.
“The cause of death is consistent with our current belief that Andrew was caught between a vehicle and the road and then dragged for a distance.”
“The circumstances as to how Andrew came to be out of his vehicle and then caught under the suspect vehicle is unknown,” Det Supt Kent added.
“I would reiterate our plea for the public and the media not to speculate on the circumstances of the incident while the investigation is ongoing.
“In respect of our investigation, we are interviewing those in custody, carrying out house-to-house inquiries, obtaining and reviewing CCTV footage, undertaking extensive forensic examination and taking witness statements.”
PC Harper, of the Roads Policing Unit, recently got married and was supposed to jet off on his honeymoon next week.
His death has left an outpour of support.
Speaking shortly after the crash, Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “I’m devastated and appalled by the tragic death of PC Andrew Harper and my thoughts are with his loved ones, colleagues and the community he served with great pride at this immensely difficult time.
“PC Harper died in the line of duty protecting the public and his incredible bravery and extraordinary sacrifice will not be forgotten.
“Our dedicated police officers go to work every day to serve their communities.
“They are courageous and professional people who confront danger on a daily basis.”