Andrew Harper: Two teenagers due to go on trial for murdering policeman admit conspiracy to steal a quad bike

TWO teenagers due to go on trial for the murder of PC Andrew Harper have admitted conspiracy to steal a quad bike.

Monday, 9th March 2020, 1:43 pm
Updated Monday, 9th March 2020, 2:48 pm

The pair, who are both 17 and cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey on Monday to plotting to steal the bike.

They and a third man, Henry Long, 18, from Mortimer, Reading, are also accused of the murder of PC Harper, which they deny.

Long has previously admitted manslaughter and conspiracy to steal a quad bike. The two 17-year-olds deny manslaughter.

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Photo of PC Andrew Harper on his wedding day. Picture: Thames Valley Police/PA Wire

They attempted to steal the quad bike from a home near the village of Sulhamstead in Berkshire on August 15 last year.

As they drove away from the property, it is alleged that 28-year-old Thames Valley officer PC Harper was dragged under a car and suffered multiple injuries.

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The case before Mr Justice Edis is due to start on Tuesday and go on for up to six weeks.