A man has appeared in court charged with murdering a police officer who was killed while investigating a burglary.
Jed Foster, 20, appeared at Reading Magistrates’ Court charged with murdering 28-year-old PC Andrew Harper and the theft of a quad bike.
PC Harper, of Thames Valley Police, died on Thursday after being dragged along the road by a vehicle in Sulhamstead, Berkshire.
Mr Foster has been remanded to appear at Reading Crown Court on Wednesday.
Robert Jacques, defending, said Mr Foster, of Keepers Cottages, Pingewood, Burghfield, denied any involvement in the “horrific murder” of PC Harper on 15 August.
PC Harper’s wife Lissie, whom he married four weeks ago, paid tribute to the “kindest, loveliest, most selfless person you will ever meet”.
In an emotional tribute to her childhood sweetheart Mrs Harper said her “heart is broken” after the death of her “darling boy”.