September 25, 2021

Mother speaks out after her son’s murder charges against PC Harper are dropped


‘My baby is coming home’ Mother of man accused of murdering PC Andrew Harper says she feels like she has ‘won the lottery’ after all charges against her son were dropped

  • Jed Foster, 20, was charged with the murder of the officer in Berkshire
  • But prosecutors said yesterday there was no realistic prospect of conviction
  • Mother Jolene Hanninton posted on Facebook today, ‘my baby is coming home’ 

By Jack Newman For Mailonline

Published: 14:14 EDT, 20 September 2019 | Updated: 06:24 EDT, 21 September 2019

The mother of the man accused of murdering PC Andrew Harper who has since had the charges dropped says she feels like she has ‘won the lottery’.

Jed Foster, 20, was arrested and charged with murder after the Thames Valley police officer died after being dragged under a vehicle while responding to a burglary in Berkshire.

But prosecutors at the Old Bailey on Thursday said there was no longer a realistic prospect of conviction and moved to end the case against Mr Foster, from Pingewood near Burghfield. 

Today, his mother Jolene Hannington posted a heartfelt Facebook message along with a photo of the Superman teddy bear she took to court. 

Jed Foster’s mother Jolene Hannington posted a heartfelt tribute to her son today after charges against him were dropped

She said: ‘I feel like I’ve won the lottery, my baby is coming home.’ Mr Foster was arrested and charged with the murder of the officer in Berkshire last month

She wrote: ‘I feel like I’ve won the lottery, my baby is coming home. I can’t thank you at once for you messages and support. Can’t wait hug you so tight jedders.’

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.’

Mr Foster’s case was raised at the Old Bailey yesterday and he listened to proceedings via a video-link from HMP Woodhill. 

Judge Mrs Justice Whipple told him: ‘Mr Foster, I hope you have been able to follow what has been going on in court today.

PC Andrew Harper (pictured) was killed while responding to a burglary last month. The case against the man initially charged with his murder has been dropped

Jed’s sister hugs the Superman teddy bear next to his step-father outside court 

‘The point of interest for you is that the prosecution have served a notice of discontinuance of their case against you that means you are no longer to be detained.’

Mr Foster’s lawyer had told a previous court hearing that he denies ‘any involvement in the horrific murder of PC Harper’.

After Jed had been arrested, his sister Sapphire Cheyanne Foster, 23, complained he was ‘about to lose his whole life and has had his named dragged through the dirt when he isn’t even guilty’.

Jed Foster’s mother and sister had always maintained his innocence.

Jolene Hannington clutched a Superman teddy bear after his appearance in Reading Magistrates’ Court on August 20.

She wrote on Facebook: ‘I know you can’t read this baby, please stay strong. You have many, many messages sending their thoughts. We know you would never be capable of such a horrible, horrific act.

The hero policeman is pictured with his wife Lissie whom he married just days before his death

Police officers pay their respects at the scene near Sulhamstead, Berkshire, where Thames Valley Police officer Pc Andrew Harper, 28, died last month

‘We will fight this and hopefully someone that knows the truth will come forward and tell the truth or live the rest of their lives knowing they let an innocent boy go away for something he didn’t do.

‘There’s a lot that doesn’t add up, statements were not taken from people that could give times and places you were and CCTV wasn’t taken either. I love you and behind your innocence all the way. Hang in there, my beautiful boy.’

Last month, his sister Sapphire Cheyanne Foster reportedly posted and then deleted a message a social media message which read: ‘Hold it out bubba, we will bring you home if it’s the last thing I do. I plea to anyone that knows anything, no matter how trivial you think it may be, come forward – contact the police.

‘He is being sent down for something he hasn’t done. He is about to lose his whole life and has had his named dragged through the dirt when he isn’t even guilty.’

The announcement came after three new suspects – 18-year-old Henry Long and two 17-year-old boys who cannot be named – were charged with PC Harper’s killing.

The trio appeared at Reading Magistrates’ Court yesterday along with a Thomas King, 21, who is accused of conspiracy to steal a quad bike.


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