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Three teenagers in court over murder of PC Andrew Harper

Killed: PC
Harper had just
got married PICTURE: PA

THREE teenagers have appeared in court charged with murdering PC Andrew Harper as he investigated a burglary.

Henry Long, 18, from Reading, Berkshire, and two 17-year-old boys, who cannot be named because of their age, appeared at the town’s magistrates’ court yesterday morning then later at the Old Bailey. They are accused of murder and conspiracy to steal a quad bike.

The trio were remanded in custody before a plea hearing on 13 December. A trial is expected to take place in March.

Thomas King, 21, from Basingstoke, has been charged with conspiracy to steal a quad bike and was bailed to appear in December.

Newlywed PC Harper, 28, died after being dragged along a road by a van in Sulhamstead on August 15.

The Thames Valley policeman had been married to wife Lissie for just four weeks. The case against a fourth man, 20-year-old Jed Foster, of Pingewood, has been dropped.

Prosecutor Jonathan Polnay said: ‘A full file of evidence has been received from police and fully reviewed.

‘The CPS concluded there is a not a realistic prospect of conviction.’