Three teenagers have this morning appeared in court accused of the murder of Police Constable Andrew Harper,

Henry Long aged 18 and from Mortimer in Reading and two 17-year-old boys who cannot be legally named because of their age only spoke to confirm their name, date of birth and address during an appearance that lasted just eight-minutes at Reading Magistrates Court.

Along with Thomas King aged 21 from Basingstoke they are accused of conspiracy to Steal a quad bike.

The three defendants charged with murder, who all wore T-shirts, 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.

Newlywed Pc Harper, 28, was killed on August 15 near the village of Sulhamstead in Berkshire when he was dragged under a van while responding to reports of a burglary.

He had been married to Lissie for just four weeks when he died.

Another man, 20-year-old Jed Foster, has already appeared in court charged with murder.

He is next due to appear at Reading Crown Court on November 20.

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