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Killed PC 'will have police funeral'

A Thames Valley Police officer killed while investigating a burglary will have a formal police funeral, it has been announced.

PC Andrew Harper, 28, died after he was dragged along the road by a vehicle in Sulhamstead, Berkshire, on 15 August.

Thames Valley Police said his family has confirmed their wish for a formal police funeral to take place.

A force spokesman said: "We will continue to work closely with Andrew's family so that their wishes are front and centre and ensure that the funeral is a fitting tribute that honours our colleague Andrew's strength, courage and bravery."

No further details about the funeral have been released.

PC Andrew Harper
Family handout via Thames Valley Police

Officer cleared after using Taser on suspect

Thames Valley Police have cleared an officer of misconduct after he used a taser on a "compliant" suspect, it has been revealed.

The officer discharged the taser when responding to reports of a man in possession of a sword, during an incident in Newbury, Berkshire, in 2015.

The man, who has not been named, said he had been standing still at the time and did not have a sword. He complained to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

The police watchdog ruled the tasered man had been shown on CCTV to be compliant and not in possession of the weapon. They directed Thames Valley Police to hold a tribunal.

At a meeting last year, the officer was found not to have committed misconduct in using the Taser and when giving his account of the incident.

Oliver and Olivia most popular baby names

In the South East, Oliver and Olivia have been revealed as the most popular baby names.

The figures are from 2018 and some believe the show Peaky Blinders has been an inspiration behind many of the choices.

Chart of most popular boys names in the South East of England in 2018
Chart of most popular girls names in the South East of England in 2018

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Boris Johnson pays tribute to police officer killed
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has described the killing of PC Andrew Harper as "mindless and brutal".
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Another council opposes expressway

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Another Oxfordshire council has written to the government to formally oppose any Oxford-Cambridge expressway.

South Oxfordshire District Council’s leader, Sue Cooper, wrote to the new transport secretary, Grant Shapps, to tell him the authority believes there is ‘no justification’ for the project.

Last week, Debby Hallett, Vale of White Horse District Council’s deputy leader, wrote to Mr Shapps to outline her authority’s opposition to the expressway, which official figures suggest could cost between £3bn and £7bn.

Mrs Cooper wrote: “The proposed expressway will have significant adverse impacts on Oxfordshire: it will create a major source of air and noise pollution, destroy farmland and habitats, increase CO2 emissions and bring more traffic onto the county’s roads."

The expressway could be built by 2030, according to Highways England.