Three more charged with PC Andrew Harper murder
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised charges to be brought against three more people over the death of a Thames Valley Police (TVP) officer in August.
On Wednesday (September 18), the CPS said it had authorised TVP to charge an 18-year-old and two 17-year-old boys with the murder of Police Constable Andrew Harper on August 15.
They were also charged with conspiring to steal a quad bike.
Last month, Jed Foster, 18, was charged with the same offences and appeared at Reading Magistrates Court on August 20.
The CPS named the 18-year-old charged today as Henry Long. The two 17-year-olds cannot be named for legal reasons.
Charges were also brought against 21-year-old Thomas King for conspiracy to steal a quad bike.
The four remain in custody and are due to appear at Reading Magistrates Court on Thursday (September 19).
Chief Crown Prosecutor Jaswant Narwal said: “As the investigation into PC Andrew Harper’s death continues, the CPS has today authorised Thames Valley Police to charge Henry Long, 18, and two 17-year-old boys with murder and conspiracy to steal a quad bike on 15 August 2019.
“Thomas King, 21, has also been charged with conspiracy to steal a quad bike.”
PC Harper died when he and a colleague responded to a report of a burglary in Berkshire. A post-mortem found the 28-year-old officer suffered multiple injuries as a result of being dragged under a car near the village of Sulhamstead.
He had married his long-term girlfriend less than a month before the tragedy and had been due to go on honeymoon days later.
A Justgiving page set up to provide support for PC Harper’s family has raised more than £300,000.