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Man accused of killing PC Andrew Harper denies ‘horrific murder’

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By Sunita Patel-Carstairs, news reporter

A 20-year-old man has appeared in court and denied the "horrific murder" of PC Andrew Harper in Berkshire.

The police officer was responding to a reported burglary last Thursday when he died after being dragged along by a vehicle near the village of Sulhamstead.

Jed Foster, who is accused of killing the 28-year-old newlywed, appeared in the dock at Reading Magistrates' Court on Tuesday in front of a packed public gallery.

Suspect in court over murder of officer

His lawyer Rob Jacques told the court: "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," he said.

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Jed Foster
Image: Jed Foster is charged with murdering PC Harper
Jed Foster
Image: Foster denies involvement

Mr Jacques and Foster's mother, Jo, repeated the appeal outside the court after the three-minute hearing.

Foster, of Pingewood in Burghfield, near Reading, is also charged with the theft of a quad bike.

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Andrew Harper
Image: Andrew Harper died after being dragged along by a vehicle near the village of Sulhamstead

Wearing a grey prison-issue tracksuit, he spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

He was handcuffed as he left the dock and remanded in custody until tomorrow when he will appear at Reading Crown Court.

Jo, the mother of Jed Foster, with his stepfather (name not given) outside Reading Magistrates Court where Mr Foster was appearing charged with the murder of PC Andrew Harper
Image: Jo, the mother of Jed Foster, outside Reading Magistrates Court

Foster was charged with the police officer's murder on Monday night after detectives at Thames Valley Police were given an extra 24 hours to question 10 suspects in total.

The other nine – aged between 13 and 30 – were released on bail until 13 September.

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