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Hero's PC family Andrew Harper comes to court to convict murderers


Hero PC's family Andrew Harper has arrived at Old Bailey to convict his three teenage killers today after being murdered but convicted of manslaughter.

His widow Lissie Harper, who had only been married to the 28-year-old for four weeks before his death on August 15 last year, had arrived at the farm by car this morning.

Ms. Harper, also 28, had previously made the "extremely shocking and appalling" decision of the jury to release her husband's murderers from the murder.

PC Harper had tried to stop the three thieves from stealing a quad in Sulhamstead, Berkshire, but his ankles were pulled out of their car by a trailing load belt when the teenagers tried to escape.

It was towed helplessly over a mile behind the Seat Toledo when it reached speeds of 60 mph.

19-year-old Henry Long and 18-year-old Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers, who were listening on HMP Belmarsh's video link, responded to the news with hugs and pats on the back.

PC Harper's mother Deborah Adlam (left) and stepfather Phil (right) arrive at Old Bailey for today's sentence

The cop's widow, Lissie Harper, had arrived in Old Bailey by car on Friday morning

The cop's widow, Lissie Harper, had arrived in Old Bailey by car on Friday morning

PC Harper's widow Lissie is pictured in front of Old Bailey in central London on Friday

PC Harper's widow Lissie is pictured in front of Old Bailey in central London on Friday

Police wanted photos of (left to right) driver Henry Long (19) and his passengers Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers (both 18)

Police wanted photos of (left to right) driver Henry Long (19) and his passengers Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers (both 18)

Ms. Adlam said she was "deeply and bitterly disgusted by the result" that PC Harper "failed"

Ms. Adlam said she was "deeply and bitterly disgusted by the result" that PC Harper "failed"

Ms. Harper described her horror at the decision to free Long, Cole and Bowers from the murder and said, “I have my own life sentence now and believe myself when I say that it is a much more painful, soul-destroying and painful journey will be as anyone who has been in prison for only a few years will experience it. & # 39;

Since then, she has asked the government to intervene, although re-trial is both extremely unusual and unlikely.

In an open letter posted on her Facebook page on Tuesday evening, Ms. Harper wrote to Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Priti Patel and former Home Secretary of Labor, Lord (David) Blunkett, asking them and others to “such a despicable one Correct injustice for our country ”.

She wrote: "I ask you to hear my words, to see the facts ahead, and I ask with no other hope than hope that you could help me consider these changes to ensure that Andrew is given a resumption of the procedure, which he undoubtedly deserves, and to see that the judicial system in our country is the solid ethical foundation that it should rightly be. Not the joke that so many of us see now. & # 39;

Her anger was shared by PC Harper's mother Debbie Adlam, who wrote, “Andrew James Harper is my son. I am disgusted that he was disappointed.

When they crossed the A4 intersection, they had no way of knowing that he was being thrown against the sidewalks.

& # 39; Totally and bitterly disgusted by the result. Andrew went to work to serve all of us. And so it was paid back. & # 39;

Debbie Adlam (pictured with her son) said she was "disgusted". Henry Long, Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole were not jailed for murder

Debbie Adlam (pictured with her son) said she was "disgusted". Henry Long, Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole were not jailed for murder

PC Andrew Harper and his wife Lissie are celebrating their wedding at Ardington House in Oxfordshire in the summer of 2019

PC Andrew Harper and his wife Lissie are celebrating their wedding at Ardington House in Oxfordshire in the summer of 2019

Albert Bowers (left) and Jessie Cole (center) leave the Reading Magistrates & # 39; Court on September 19, 2019

Albert Bowers (left) and Jessie Cole (center) leave the Reading Magistrates & # 39; Court on September 19, 2019

It's been almost exactly a year since PC Harper and colleague Pc Andrew Shaw replied to a report on a stolen quad from a property in Stanford Dingley, Berkshire on the night of August 15, 2019. It was four hours after the start of the shift, although the two were in the area, so wanted to help.

They soon came face to face with the thieves who towed the £ 10,000 Honda Quadbike on Admoor Lane, and prompted PC Harper to get out of the police car and chase Cole, who had untied the rope between the Seat Toledo getaway vehicle and the stolen Honda .

Cole dived into the seat behind PC Harper's grip and asked Long to drive off at 42.5 miles an hour and carry the battered cop behind him for 91 seconds.

His uniform was removed and his colleagues found him unconscious and barely alive in Ufton Lane near the A4.

Despite trying to save him, he died at the scene.

The Seat Toledo with tow rope and the police car in a similar position at the meeting point of the vehicles during the visit by the Old Bailey jury on site in Sulhamstead on July 1st

The Seat Toledo with tow rope and the police car in a similar position at the meeting point of the vehicles during the visit by the Old Bailey jury on site in Sulhamstead on July 1st

The getaway vehicle was later chased to the nearby Four Houses Corner caravan site.

After his arrest, Long – who later admitted manslaughter – invented a false alibi that he had seen in the racing film Fast And Furious at the time.

However, in an investigation of the cell phone data, all of the accused – members of the travel community – were finally put on the seat.

Her defense claimed that the incident was a "freak event" that neither of them could have planned or anticipated.

But the prosecutor said at more than 6 feet and 14 stones, the accused must have known that PC Harper was killed.

A fourth defendant, 21-year-old Thomas King from Basingstoke, had conspired to steal a quad bike and is due to be tried before Judge Edis at Old Bailey.

"A hideous injustice …" PC Harper's widow heartbreakingly calls for a new trial

& # 39; Dear Boris Johnson, Priti Patel, David Blunkett and any other person who has the power, moral value and sheer character to correct such a despicable injustice for our country …

The way the trial was conducted, suspected interference with the jury, and the conduct of the accused was a total disregard for any legal system.

“If there is any chance that this hideous injustice can be remedied, I will do everything I can to ensure that it is.

"There are many, many details that have cruelly brought this recent process under board … I will continue to fight for Andrew, for the future that has been stolen from us, and also for the victims who will face this unjust situation in the future are located.

"Who are we if we allow our legal system to fail? What is this country if it doesn't do justice to the innocent?

"What does it say to the public and the police? It is said that we are weak, that we will turn to the despicable thieves and hideous villains of this world and let them literally get away with murder.

"What can I do for my husband now? My heart is bleeding for the life that was taken so selfishly from us. I ask you to hear my words … to make sure Andrew gets the retrial that he undoubtedly deserves. & # 39;

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