TWO teenagers accused of murdering PC Andrew Harper have today been named for the first time.
The newlywed police officer was allegedly dragged to his death by a burglary getaway van in Sulhamstead, Berkshire, on August 15.
Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers have today been named for the first time ahead of a trial starting on June 15.
The pair legally couldn't be identified before due to their age but have both now turned 18.
Henry Long, 19, is also due to stand trial accused of murder.
Cole and Bower were passengers in a car involved in the death of the Thames Valley Police officer.
Their trial was abandoned in March after some jurors went into self isolation because of coronavirus.
Long, of Mortimer, Reading, has admitted manslaughter and conspiracy to steal a quad bike but denied murder.
Cole, from Aldermaston, and Bowers, from Mortimer, have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal, but both deny murder and manslaughter.
PC Harper, 28, died after becoming entangled in a tow rope as he attempted to apprehend quad bike thieves.
He was the first policeman to be killed since PC Keith Palmer was stabbed to death during the Westminster terror attack in 2017.
The officer had married his childhood sweetheart Lissie just four weeks before his death and was days away from going on honeymoon.
She paid tribute to him on what would have been his 29th birthday in April in a heartbreaking Facebook post.
Grieving Lissie said: “Oh my lovely boy, I can’t believe I’m spending this day without you.
“I walked at our favourite spot, I sat in the sun and I remembered all of your special birthdays we did spend together.
“I know you were there with me and will always be in my heart forever more.
“My love is yours always.”
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