A 20-year-old man accused of the murder of PC Andrew Harper has had his charge dropped.
Jed Foster, 20, of Pingewood near Burghfield, will be set free after Jonathan Polnay, prosecuting, announced the murder charge against him had been dropped.
He was also charged with theft of a quad bike, but that allegation was also withdrawn.
Foster appeared at the Old Bailey on videolink from HMP Woodhill, speaking only to confirm his name.
PC Harper, 28, died of multiple injuries after he was dragged along a road by a getaway van in Sulhamstead, Berkshire, on 15 August.
He had been married 28 days and was due to go on his honeymoon.
Mr Polnay said that the prosecution was serving a discontinuance order in connection with Mr Foster.
Mrs Justice Whipple said: “The prosecution have served a notice of discontinuance of their case against you.
“That means that you are no longer to be detained in custody.”
Earlier today, three teenagers appeared in court charged with the murder of PC Andrew Harper.
Henry Long, 18, from Mortimer in Reading, and two 17-year-old boys, who cannot be named because of their age, spoke only to confirm their name, date of birth and address during the eight-minute hearing at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Thursday morning.
They, along with Thomas King, 21, from Basingstoke, are also accused of conspiracy to steal a quad bike.
The three defendants charged with murder were remanded in custody by District Judge Davinder Lachhar to appear at the Old Bailey later on Thursday for a preliminary hearing.
King, dressed in a green jacket, stood in the well of the court during proceedings and will also appear at the Old Bailey later.
No pleas were entered at the court, which saw a heavy police presence.
The defendants’ family and friends shouted “love you” as the three in custody were led away.
PC Harper had been married to wife Lissie for just four weeks when he died, and she described him as “the kindest, loveliest, most selfless” person.
“My darling boy I do not know how I will be able to survive without you,” she said in a tribute.
“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.
“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.”
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