A man accused of the murder of newlywed PC Andrew Harper has had the charges against him dropped.
Jed Foster was arrested and charged with the murder of the police officer in Berkshire last month.
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 the 20-year-old.
Prosecutor Jonathan Polnay said: “From August 19 of this year the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) authorised that Jed Foster be charged with the murder of PC Andrew Harper.
“A full file of evidence has been received from the police and fully reviewed.
“The CPS has concluded that the full code test is not met and there is not a realistic prospect of conviction.
“Proceedings against Mr Foster cannot and should not be continued.”
Polnay said that the prosecution was serving a discontinuance order in connection with Foster.
Mrs Justice Whipple said: “The prosecution have served a notice of discontinuance of their case against you.
“That means that you are no longer to be detained in custody.”
PC Harper, 28, was killed on August 15 near the village of Sulhamstead in Berkshire when he was dragged under a van while responding to reports of a burglary.
He had been married to wife Lissie for just four weeks when he died.