Man Charged With Killing Police Officer

A man has been charged with murdering 28-year-old PC Andrew Harper, who was killed while investigating a burglary, the BBC reports.

The Thames Valley Police officer died on Thursday in Berkshire, after being dragged along the road by a vehicle.

PC Harper’s wife Lissie, whom he married four weeks ago, paid tribute to the “kindest, loveliest, most selfless person you will ever meet”.

Jed Foster, 20, of Reading, has been charged with his murder and the theft of a quad bike.

Mr Foster will appear at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday morning.

In an emotional tribute to her childhood sweetheart Mrs Harper said her “heart is broken” after the death of her “darling boy”.

Nine other men and boys, aged between 13 and 30, who were arrested at the same time as Mr Foster have been released on bail until 13 September.

PC Harper attended a reported break-in with a fellow officer in Sulhamstead at about 23:30 BST on Thursday.

A post-mortem examination concluded that he died of multiple injuries.

Chief Crown Prosecutor Jaswant Narwal has offered to meet PC Harper’s family to explain their decision “following a lengthy review of the evidence available”.