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Three teenagers charged with murder over death of Pc Andrew Harper

Henry Long, 18, from Reading, and two 17-year-old boys will appear at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Pc Andrew Harper died when he was dragged under a van in Berkshire on August 15 (Thames Valley Police/PA)
Pc Andrew Harper died when he was dragged under a van in Berkshire on August 15 (Thames Valley Police/PA)

By Margaret Davis, PA Crime Correspondent

Three teenagers have been charged with murder over the death of Pc Andrew Harper.

The 28-year-old newlywed died in August when he was dragged under a van while responding to a burglary in Berkshire.

The Crown Prosecution Service said Henry Long, 18, from Reading, and two 17-year-old boys who have not been named because of their age had been charged with murder.

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A police officer at the scene near Ufton Lane, Sulhamstead, Berkshire, where Pc Andrew Harper died (Andrew Matthews/PA)

They, along with a fourth man, Thomas King, 21, from Basingstoke, are also accused of conspiracy to steal a quad bike.

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 August 15 2019.

“Thomas King, 21, has also been charged with conspiracy to steal a quad bike.”

They are due to appear at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Another man, 20-year-old Jed Foster, has already appeared in court having been charged with murder.

He is next due to appear in custody at Reading Crown Court on November 20.

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