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Man, 20, denies involvement in 'horrific murder' of Pc Andrew Harper

  • Video report by ITV News Correspondent Rachel Younger

A man accused of killing a police officer while he investigated a burglary has denied any involvement in his "horrific murder".

Jed Foster, 20, is charged over the death of 28-year-old newlywed Pc Andrew Harper on Thursday evening in the village of Sulhamstead in Berkshire.

Foster appeared at Reading Magistrates' Court on Tuesday charged with his murder and theft of a quad bike.

Pc Andrew Harper, pictured with his wife Lissie, died in an incident in Berkshire on August 15. Credit: Family handout

Foster stood in the dock wearing a grey tracksuit in front of a packed public gallery to confirm his name, date of birth and address during a hearing which lasted around three minutes.

Foster, of Pingewood, in Burghfield, near Reading was not asked to enter pleas to the charges and District Judge Davinder Lachhar remanded him in custody until Wednesday, when he will appear at Reading Crown Court.

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 enquiry and for the public to come forward and co-operate."

Pc Harper married wife Lissie just four weeks before his death. Credit: PA/Family handout

Pc Harper, a Thames Valley Police officer, died from multiple injuries after being dragged under a vehicle in the Berkshire village of Bradfield Southend at around 11.30pm on Thursday, August 15.

Meanwhile, colleagues of Pc Harper have continued to visit the scene and lay flowers.

On Tuesday morning, dozens of officers stood in silent tribute after laying a wreath to the growing number of flowers laid on the grass verge.

The victim's widow, Lissie Harper, has paid tribute to her husband, describing him as "the kindest, loveliest, most selfless" person.

Floral tributes to Pc Harper have been growing daily. Credit: ITV News

She wrote: "There is not enough paper in the world to even begin to write a tribute for you, but no-one deserves it more."