Andrew Harper: Teen pleads guilty to manslaughter of Oxfordshire policeman

But Henry Long has DENIED murder.

At the Old Bailey this morning, the 18-year-old from Mortimer in Reading admitted killing PC Harper.

The newlywed officer - who was based in Abingdon - died near the village of Sulhamstead in Berkshire back in August, after being dragged under a car whilst on duty.

The alleged van driver, Long, admitted a charge of manslaughter, but denied murder.

He appeared at the plea hearing by video link from Belmarsh prison.

When asked for his plea to a charge of manslaughter, he said: "Pardon, was that manslaughter?" before adding: "I plead guilty, guilty."

Long also admitted a charge of conspiracy to steal a quad bike.

A 17-year-old co-defendant, who we can't name, also appeared via video link earlier today (07/01) and entered a not guilty plea to manslaughter and to conspiracy to steal.

Another 17-year-old boy already denied charges of manslaughter and conspiracy to steal at a previous hearing.

The three teenagers are due to face a six-week trial at the Old Bailey from March 9th.

A fourth defendant, Thomas King, 21, from Basingstoke, had admitted conspiracy to steal a quad bike.

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