Man, 20, is charged with murder of PC Andrew Harper who died after being run over while investigating a burglary
- PC Harper was responding to burglary in Sulhamstead, Berkshire on Thursday
- The 28-year-old was dragged under a van and killed to devastation of colleagues
- Jed Foster, of Reading, has been charged while 9 other suspects are on bail
- He will appear at Reading Magistrates Court tomorrow morning, CPS says
A 20-year-old man has been charged with murdering a police officer as he investigated a burglary in the Berkshire countryside.
Jed Foster was today charged with murdering PC Andrew Harper after his death in Sulhamstead on Thursday night.
PC Harper, 28, was responding to a reported burglary late on Thursday when he was dragged along the road to his death by a van.
Ten suspects were arrested at the Four Houses Corner caravan park, near Burghfield Common, on suspicion of murder within an hour of his death.
Today his heartbroken colleagues paid their respects to the officer, and were pictured comforting each other as they read some of the tributes left at the murder scene.
It came as donations for his family, including widow Lissie, soared past £120,000.
Jed Foster, 20, has been charged with murdering PC Andrew Harper (pictured left)
Chief Crown Prosecutor Jaswant Narwal, said: ‘Following the death of PC Harper in Berkshire, the Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised Thames Valley Police to charge Jed Foster, 20, with murder and the theft of a quad bike.
‘We will offer to meet with PC Harper’s family to explain the basis of the decision we have made following a lengthy review of the evidence available.
‘May I remind all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr Foster are now active and that he has a right to a fair trial.
‘It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.’
One of Andrew Harper’s police colleagues today broke down in tears as he read the floral tributes left in his memory