CPS further update in relation to the investigation into PC Harper’s death

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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.”

Notes to editors

  • The threshold test is applied when a full file of evidence is not available, but:
    • There are reasonable grounds to suspect the person has committed the offence;
    • There are reasonable grounds to be believe that continuing the investigation will provide evidence that is capable of establishing a realistic prospect of conviction;
    • The seriousness of the case justifies an immediate decision;
    • There are valid objections to bail;
    • A charge would be in the public interest.
  • Henry Long (DOB: 28/04/2001) from Reading, and two 17-year-old boys have been charged with murder in relation to 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.
  • The remaining six people who were arrested have been released with no further action.

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