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.

Sep 18, 2019
By Website Editor
PC Andrew Harper

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.


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