PC Andrew Harper: 20-year-old denies murder charge

Jed Foster denies killing PC Andrew Harper (pictured)

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A 20-year-old man charged with the murder of PC Andrew Harper has denied any involvement in the death.

Jed Foster appeared at Reading Magistrates Court today, accused of killing the 28-year-old newlywed police officer as he attended a reported burglary in Berkshire on Thursday evening.

The Thames Valley Police constable died from multiple injuries after being dragged under a vehicle.

Members of PC Harper's family watched from the packed public gallery as Foster stood in the dock wearing a grey prison-issue tracksuit.

Foster, who was also charged with theft of a quad bike, confirmed his name, date of birth and address during the three-minute hearing.

The defendant was not asked to enter pleas to the charges but his lawyer, Rob Jacques, said: “On behalf of him and his family I want to say three things. He denies any involvement in the horrific murder of PC Harper.

"We urge the police to follow all lines of inquiry and for the public to come forward and co-operate.”

District Judge Davinder Lachhar remanded Foster in custody until Wednesday, when he will appear at Reading Crown Court.

PC Harper’s widow, who he married four weeks ago, paid tribute to her late husband on Monday evening in an open letter and described him as "the kindest, loveliest, most selfless" person.

Foster was one of 10 males arrested aged between 13 and 30 following PC Harper’s death.

He was charged on Monday evening after investigators at Thames Valley Police were granted an extra 24 hours to question the suspects – the remaining nine were bailed until September 13.

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