Jed Foster, 20, one of the males accused of the murder of PC Andrew Harper, has had the charges against him dropped.
In a statement released by the CPS, Chief Crown Prosecutor Jaswant Narwal said:
“The CPS has discontinued the case against Jed Foster, 20, in relation to the ongoing investigation into PC Harper’s death in Berkshire.
“The CPS has now reviewed a full file of evidence from the police and concluded that there is not a realistic prospect of conviction.
“The decision to charge Mr Foster was taken on the threshold test which is applied when a full file of evidence is not available.”
A court restriction has currently been put in place under Section 4 of the Contempt of Court Act 1981.
The restriction prevents reporting of the reasons for discontinuation of the charge against Mr Foster.
Henry Long (DOB: 28/04/2001) from Reading, and two 17-year-old boys have been charged with murder concerning the death of PC Andrew Harper and conspiracy to steal a quad bike on Thursday 15 August 2019 in Berkshire and remain in custody.
Thomas King (DOB: 05/07/1998) from Basingstoke has also been charged with conspiracy to steal a quad bike on Thursday 15 August 2019 in Berkshire.