Andrew Harper was killed while attending a reported burglary late on Thursday. The 28-year-old PC was killed last week after attending a reported burglary late on Thursday. The Thames Valley Police Officer is believed to have been dragged along the road by a vehicle near a village in Sulhamstead, Berkshire.
Announcing this evening that a 20-year-old man had been charged with murder, 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.
He will appear at Reading Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.
A post-mortem found PC Harper died of multiple injuries after being dragged along by a vehicle.
A man has been charged in connection to PC Harper’s death
The 28-year-old got married only four weeks ago
Police also said he was at the scene with another officer and was out of his car.
He died near the crossroads of Ufton Lane and Lambdens Hill, off the A4 between Reading and Newbury.
PC Harper got married just four weeks ago to Lissie Harper and was due to go on his honeymoon this week.
She released a poignant tribute to Andrew this evening.
Andrew and Lissie were due to go on their honeymoon this week
She wrote: “To my best friend,
“The kindest, loveliest, most selfless person you will ever meet. You were brave, funny, and always there for anyone who needed it.
“There is not enough paper in the world to even begin to write a tribute for you, but no one deserves it more.
“We had so many plans for the future, you wanted to do it all. My darling boy I do not know how I will be able to survive without you.
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Andrew’s colleagues, relatives and friends are all heartbroken by his death
Many poignant tributes have been left for Andrew where he died
“Anyone who was lucky enough to meet you, whether they knew you as Andrew, Andy, Uncle Mann, Harps or PC Harper … to everyone you are a hero.
“You had the best sense of humour and never took life too seriously. You treasured every moment and always had a smile on your face.
“I want to be angry that your job took you away from us but I know you loved it and always wanted to keep everyone safe, especially me. You went the extra mile whenever you could and genuinely cared for everyone.
“The lights have dimmed on all of our lives now that you are no longer here, but it’s no surprise that even when you’re gone, you’re still keeping us all going, knowing that you would tell us to carry on and stay strong.
Andrew’s wife wrote a touching tribute to her “best friend”
“I can’t begin to imagine a life without your silly jokes, size 14 feet, large appetite, big hugs, Sunday roasts, and never faltering positive attitude. You kept me going if I was down and took care of us all until the last.
“Even now I can still hear you nagging me to brush my teeth, get dressed and eat something. We are all feeling so very lost without you but we are trying to be as brave as you were.”
Andrew’s father said the family were “absolutely devastated” and in a “bad place” following his death.
He was described as “well-known across the force” and several of PC Harper’s colleagues, serving in the Roads Policing Proactive Unit based at Abingdon, visited the area where he was killed to pay their respects.
Andrew’s father said the family were “absolutely devastated”
A fundraising page was also set up by the Thames Valley Police Federation to support PC Harper’s family, passed the £150,000 mark.The fundraising page says: “We confront danger on a daily basis.
“We know there is a risk when we put on the uniform but we do so as we are proud to protect the public.
“Sadly, on very rare and horrendous occasions, a colleague makes the ultimate sacrifice. We will ensure that heroism is never forgotten.”
PC Harper’s fundraising page for a 20-mile obstacle course he planned to do to raise money for children with cancer has made £19,000, far above his £500 target.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson posted on Twitter last Friday: ”I am deeply shocked and appalled by the death of a brave officer on duty in Thames Valley last night.”