A 20-year-old man will appear in court tomorrow accused of murdering Pc Andrew Harper in Berkshire.
Pc Harper, 28, was responding to reports of a burglary on Thursday when he was hit and dragged under a vehicle in Sulhamstead, west Berkshire. He died of multiple injuries.
Ten people – all males aged between 13 and 30 – were arrested on suspicion of murder within an hour of the collision at the Four Houses Corner caravan park.
Giving an update on the investigation on Monday, the Crown Prosecution Service said a 20-year-old man has been charged with murder and theft of a quad bike.
Jed Foster, from Reading, will appear at Reading Magistrates Court on Tuesday. The remaining nine people arrested have been released on bail until September 13.
Announcing the charge on Monday, Chief Crown Prosecutor Jaswant Narwal said: “Following the death of PC Harper in Berkshire, the Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised Thames Valley Police to charge Jed Foster, 20, with murder and the theft of a quad bike.
“We will offer to meet with Pc Harper’s family to explain the basis of the decision we have made following a lengthy review of the evidence available.”
Magistrates had previously granted extensions on Saturday allowing detectives to hold the suspects for a further 36 hours.
Police were then given another 24 hours to quiz the suspects after the force made the application on Sunday night.
On Sunday, country roads near the Four Houses Corner caravan park were closed as police scoured ditches for evidence near the site where the suspects were arrested.
Several forensic officers could be seen on Saturday gathered around what appeared to be a black hatchback car inside the park, which is near Burghfield Common.
Pc Harper tied the knot with new wife Lissie just four weeks ago in what relatives have described as a “dream wedding”. The couple were reportedly due to go on his honeymoon in a few days.