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The attorney general will review prison terms for three teenagers who killed PC Andrew Harper


PC Andrew Harper's murderers were referred to the Attorney General for alleging that their sentences were too mild.

19-year-old Henry Long and 18-year-old Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers were convicted of manslaughter at Old Bailey on Friday.

PC Harper, a 28-year-old newlywed who was a Thames Valley Police traffic officer, died horribly on August 15 last year.

He had tried to stop the trio's escape after they stole a quad at Stanford Dingley, Berkshire.

PC Harper was caught in a crane belt that dangled from the back of a Seat Toledo driven by Long and dragged to his death.

Long was sentenced to 16 years, while Cole and Bowers were each sentenced to 13 years in prison.

The Attorney General's Office confirmed today that they were asked to check whether the prison terms imposed were too mild.

19-year-old Henry Long (left) and 18-year-old Jessie Cole (center) and Albert Bowers (right) were convicted of manslaughter at Old Bailey on Friday

PC Harper (pictured), a 28-year-old newlywed who was a Thames Valley Police traffic officer, died horribly on August 15 last year.

PC Harper (pictured), a 28-year-old newlywed who was a Thames Valley Police traffic officer, died horribly on August 15 last year.

PC Harper's widow Lissie (pictured in front of Old Bailey on Friday) had expressed bitter disappointment that her husband's murderers had been freed from the murder and found guilty of manslaughter instead

PC Harper's widow Lissie (pictured in front of Old Bailey on Friday) had expressed bitter disappointment that her husband's murderers had been freed from the murder and found guilty of manslaughter instead

A spokesman for the Attorney General's Office said, "The Attorney General's thoughts are with PC Andrew Harper's family and friends during this difficult time.

"I can confirm that we have received an application to investigate the cases of Henry Long, Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole as part of the inappropriately mild punitive scheme.

"The judicial officers have 28 days from the sentencing to investigate the case."

PC Harper's widow Lissie had expressed bitter disappointment that her husband's murderers had been freed from the murder and found guilty of manslaughter instead.

She described the sentence as "cruel under board" and suggested that the jury may have been intimidated by the family or friends of the accused.

The Attorney General has no authority to reopen the trial, and the prosecutor would either need new and compelling evidence to request that the acquittal be lifted, or it would have to be demonstrated that the jury would be disturbed.

Measures were taken to protect the jury in the case, and a judge was released after being seen by a prison official to say "Bye Boys" to the teenagers in the dock.

However, the trial judge, Mr. Justice Edis, said there was no evidence that the jury was under pressure.

He said to old Bailey: “In some areas it can be assumed that the jury was under undue pressure.

He added, "To the best of my knowledge and belief, there is no truth in it at all."

Yesterday there were recordings in which Long shamelessly boasted "I'm a real man" after he was arrested in front of a pub when he was 15.

The clip, which was released on social media in April 2017, shows how the teenager is brought to a police car by officials, who he mocks when they try to bundle him up.

It was published on social media two years before the brutal death of PC Harper by Long's father Carl.

The video begins with an officer speaking to Long and surrounded by police officers.

Long is arrested by officials outside a pub

The incident was published on April 2017 by Long's father on social media

The Sun 2017 footage of the incident in April 2017 shows the teenage boy being taken to a police car by officials whom he mocks when they try to bundle him up.

While Long is being arrested by police officers, you can hear him shouting, "I'm a real man, a real man."

While Long is being arrested by police officers, you can hear him shouting, "I'm a real man, a real man."

As Long screams, he jumps up while carefree police officers continue to hold him back

Meanwhile, officers around Long continue to calm his family and friends

As Long screams, he jumps up while carefree police officers continue to hold him back. Meanwhile, officers around Long continue to calm his family and friends.

While he is being spoken to, Long calls: "Look at how many policemen it takes to get me done, boys. I am a real man, a real man. & # 39;

As he calls this, he jumps up while the irritated officers continue to hold him back.

Meanwhile, policemen around Long continue to calm his family and friends while arrested.

Long is handcuffed by officers before he shouts: & # 39; knock the S *** out of me? You cannot do everything. & # 39;

He repeats the taunt three times while the police continue to try to get him into her car.

In the background you can hear his father Carl saying: "Look at how many there are, all for him."

Family and friends later encourage Long to work with the police and get in the car. They say, "Henry, get in. Get in."

It is not clear why Long was arrested or whether he was charged.

MailOnline has contacted the police and prosecutors for more information.

A businessman who gave PC Andrew Harper his first job as a teenager said he was devastated by the light verdict imposed on the three killers.

Andrew Ledbury, 59, employed Andrew Harper in his Oxfordshire roof store when he was 18 and before going to the police.

Mr. Ledbury said Friday's verdict had caused great anger on the spot with PC Harper's family and friends.

He told MailOnline: “I am absolutely disgusted with the sentence today. I always thought it was murder.

& # 39; The sentence for me was a real shock. This is not justice for Andrew or his family. I am devastated by this result.

"I think the CPS should take care of it. According to the judge's own word, he said that they would probably kill again. But this sentence is too forgiving. & # 39;

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

Lissie Harper is leaving Old Bailey today

PC Harper died after trying to prevent the three thieves from stealing a quad in Sulhamstead, Berkshire. Lissie, his widow, is leaving Old Bailey (right) today. She can also be seen watching PC Harper celebrate her wedding at Ardington House in Oxfordshire in summer 2019

Ms. Harper made no comment when she left Old Bailey today. She had previously criticized the jury's decision to free her husband's murderers and had called for the trial to be resumed

Ms. Harper made no comment when she left Old Bailey today. She had previously criticized the jury's decision to free her husband's murderers and had called for the trial to be resumed

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)

Andrew Ledbury had known PC Andrew Harper for 10 years after giving the policeman his first job as an 18-year-old graduate. Mr. Ledbury said he was outraged at the leniency of the judgment and believed that the prosecutor's office should investigate the case

Andrew Ledbury had known PC Andrew Harper for 10 years after giving the policeman his first job as an 18-year-old graduate. Mr. Ledbury said he was outraged at the leniency of the judgment and believed that the prosecutor's office should investigate the case

Mr. Ledbury said Long, Cole and Bowers showed "absolutely no regrets" during the trial.

They appealed to the jury, saying they regret Andrew's death, but there was no fact or evidence to support it.

They seemed proud of what they did. They have lived a life full of crimes since they were 15, and they will come back to them when they are released. & # 39;

"This has given Andrew a long attack."

Mr. Ledbury praised the Thames Valley police for their work on investigating PC Harper's death, but said the timing of the hearing was particularly difficult.

This is a fortnight after the anniversary of his wedding and a fortnight before the anniversary of the murder. It is devastating for the family.

& # 39; The judge has imposed a sentence after which they are only served for 10 or 12 years. The judge said that they will kill again.

"How could he have given them such an easy sentence? They will still be young men if they are released from prison with their whole lives.

Andrew's family was sentenced to life imprisonment. We have all relived the horror of what happened. & # 39;

Mr. Ledbury said PC Harper was particularly proud of his role as a police officer. He said: "Who knows what he would have done to the police.

“He had a great sense of humor and the nicest person you could ever meet. His job was to catch criminals and make the streets safer. Andrew would never have escaped his duty.

& # 39; The verdict betrayed his family, friends, the police and the public. Many people feel very hurt. & # 39;

Mr. Ledbury said he has known PC Harper since he graduated from school. “I had a roofing business, he came to work for me.

& # 39; He was dependable, dependable. He was a great member of a team. It didn't matter what he had to do. I had an enormous admiration for him.

“He always wanted to be a police officer, which led to some ribs on construction sites, but he took it in a good mood. He was very popular with everyone.

"I was very proud that he showed up in his police car and uniform in my nursery when he was giving advice on a subject.

& # 39; He dedicated himself to the job, the troop and his colleagues. We are experiencing this whole thing again.

"I have nothing but admiration for his family. You have to be at a loss how this led to such a ridiculously easy sentence. & # 39;

Superintendent Stuart Blaik, who led the investigation, said Long, Cole, and Bowers had shown "no remorse" in prison.

This means that two of the three thugs that killed the cop when they tried to steal a quad will be back on the streets in just eight years.

The maximum sentence for homicide is a life of 24 years.

Those who followed the case reacted with anger to the sentences on social media. Sharyn Carr wrote: “Absolutely disgusting, no justice for him, his family or his beautiful wife. Another system error. & # 39;

Superintendent Stuart Blaik (pictured after an earlier hearing) who led the investigation said Long, Cole and Bowers had told the media in court that the killers had shown "no trace of remorse" since they were 16 years and 13 years old were imprisoned

Superintendent Stuart Blaik (pictured after an earlier hearing) who led the investigation said Long, Cole and Bowers had told the media in court that the killers had shown "no trace of remorse" since they were 16 years and 13 years old were imprisoned

PC Harper's mother, Deborah Adlam, arrives at Old Bailey for sentencing today. She was accompanied by her husband Phil

PC Harper's mother, Deborah Adlam, arrives at Old Bailey for sentencing today. She was accompanied by her husband Phil

In court, Supt Blaik said: "Today we have some justice for Andrew Harper and those responsible for his death are going to prison … they have shown no sign of remorse. These men represented self-interest, greed and utter ruthlessness. & # 39;

His widow, Lissie, had previously collapsed twice when she revealed how she "screamed and cried every day" since losing her husband only four weeks after her marriage.

In a heartbreaking statement about the victim's effects, she said, "I used every word in my vocabulary to describe the pain, torture, and hopelessness that I feel. I have written poems and letters as well as messages of love and devastation about the indescribable trauma that I have been forced to endure over the past 11 months.

"I screamed and cried and collapsed in a broken defeat, and yet when I am asked to explain my affected life at that moment, the hollowness of the loss really does appear.

"My husband was brutally killed four weeks after our wedding day … What impact did this have on my life?

»Do I have to repeat the devastating details and the cruelty in which this happened? Should I speak again about how we were robbed of our future?

& # 39; From the plans that were stolen from us? Should I describe my agony about the children who will never arise?

"Or, like so many people, are these heartbreaking details so engraving in your mind that they'll stay in mine forever?

How PC Harper's murderers received a 24-year life sentence

The maximum sentence for homicide is 24 years according to the guidelines for sentencing.

The judge informed the escape driver Henry Long (19) that he would have received this judgment if he had been "a few years older", but was discounted based on his age and confession of guilt. He will now serve 10 years and 8 months before being considered for release.

Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole, both 18 years old, are "not ringleaders," said the judge. The starting point for her sentences is 20 years. This has been reduced to 13 due to their age and because both have learning difficulties. This means that they could be released in eight years.

Below is a summary of the judgment comments published by Mr. Justice Edis.

Henry Long, I have decided that, although this is a very serious crime, your age will allow me to deal with it through an extended, fixed sentence.

A man just a few years older than you would have been sentenced to life imprisonment. This means that you are entitled to release at the end of the deposit period. At your age it seems to me to be an important advantage. This is the main way I approach the fact of your age and the discount on the length of detention will be modest.

The prison sentence is based on a starting point of 24 years, which is discounted for your age and then for your request by 16 years. They will serve for 10 years and 8 months before they can be considered for approval. You are entitled to release after 16 years. The extended license term is 3 years.

Albert Bowers and Jessie ColeThey are both a bit younger and not ringleaders. You also suffer from learning difficulties that make you more likely to follow the example of someone more capable than you. In your cases, I find no danger and will deal with this case by means of certain prison terms in an institution for young offenders. I have chosen to deal with you equally, because the real determining factor in this sentence is what you did and what harm you did.

The starting point is 20 years, which is reduced to 13 years due to your age and immaturity. You will detain two thirds of it and the remainder under license.

In Long's case, a 32-month sentence is also imposed so that the conspiracy offense can be stolen. In the cases of Bowers and Cole, the sentence for this offense is 38 months, since their pleas were raised later.

“Four weeks was all it took to call him my husband, four weeks to be called his wife.

“My life often feels bleak, hopeless and irreparable. My dreary nights bring no rest, no time to recover from this complete turmoil.

“Every aspect of my life since Andrew's admission is bitterly different. Every moment of my life before Andrew was taken was shaped by his love and presence. A fact that I can only really understand on my own.

These men not only took my true, beautiful love from me, but also stole a brother, a son, an uncle and a friend from all who love him, but also our future. You took more than one life that day.

"They stole the person I used to be, the happiness we shared, and the beautiful plans we made together. That night, when I opened the door to the stranger in uniform in front of me, everything I had known to be true in my life was robbed. & # 39;

Ms. Harper had previously made the "extremely shocking and appalling" decision of the jury to release her husband's murderers because of his death.

She has asked the government to retry the trial, hoping to get a conviction for “suspected jury interference”.

Newly-married PC Harper died when he tried to prevent the three thieves from stealing the quad on August 15 last year in Sulhamstead, Berkshire.

But when he tried to stop the trio, his ankles were thrown out of her 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.

The judge, Justice Edis, described the killers as "young, unintelligent but professional criminals" and denied claims by defense lawyers, "they had shown no remorse."

He described the seriousness of their crimes as follows: “The cases of manslaughter are very serious. Sometimes death can be caused by gross negligence, sometimes its severity is very close to a murder. This is the case here. & # 39;

He took the unusual step of addressing the "controversy" over the jury's decision to not convict three teenagers of murder for fear of "undue pressure".

The judge said that "to the best of my knowledge" the claims were "not true".

Since the defendants were convicted of manslaughter and not murder, the maximum sentence the judge could impose was 24 years.

Escape driver Long was told he would have been given the full sentence if he was "a few years older" – but due to his age it was reduced to 16 years.

Long must now serve 10 years and 8 months before being considered for publication.

Bowers and Cole were "not ringleaders," said the judge, so the starting point for their sentences was 20 years.

This has been reduced to 13 due to their age and because both have learning difficulties. This means that they can be released in eight years.

Mr. Justice Edis said his job was to sentence him to "reflect the seriousness of the case and protect the public."

He said, “Nothing I could or could have done if there had been a murder conviction can Andrew Harper restore to his loving wife and family or the public he has served so well.

"His devastating loss in these terrible circumstances will follow his family forever."

He added: "In better language, you killed a talented and brave young policeman who went beyond his duty to serve a civil service.

Long, Bowers and Cole in the dock at Old Bailey in London today. Long glanced up at members of his family in the public gallery when he was convicted. Cole kept his head down. Bowers seemed shocked when the sentences were returned

Long, Bowers and Cole in the dock at Old Bailey in London today. Long glanced up at members of his family in the public gallery when he was convicted. Cole kept his head down. Bowers seemed shocked when the sentences were returned

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

A fourth defendant, Thomas King (21) from Basingstoke admitted the conspiracy to steal a quad. He is still convicted today (if he is pictured outside of Old Bailey)

Albert Bowers (left) and Jessie Cole (center) laugh as they leave the Reading Magistrates & # 39; Court on September 19, 2019. A fourth defendant, Thomas King, 21, of Basingstoke, admitted conspiracy to steal a quad. He was sentenced to two years' imprisonment today (if he is pictured to the right outside of Old Bailey). He was not directly involved in the incident that resulted in the death of PC Harper

"You did this because you deliberately chose to put every policeman in your way at risk of death."

The judge said none of the defendants had "real education" and was "taken out of school too young."

"Four weeks was all I had": widows heartbreaking victim impact statement to Old Bailey

This is my third attempt to write a statement about the victim's effects. After many words of fear, writings of love and testimonies of heartbreak, I am sitting in this task with an emptiness that I admit without pretext that I find myself lost and easy to describe the effects of Andrew's death on me World of deafest despair.

Perhaps the reason why I am particularly defeated by this question is because you have been in my shoes until then, unless you have had the greatest misfortune, a husband or wife, a soul mate, a true love or a beloved partner lose you intended to be there until your day of death. How can you describe this grief and loss?

I have used every word in my vocabulary to describe the pain, torture, and hopelessness that I feel. I have written poems and letters and messages of love and devastation about the indescribable trauma that I have had to endure in the past 11 months.

I screamed and cried and collapsed in a broken defeat, and yet when I am asked to explain my affected life at that moment, the hollowness of loss really does appear.

My husband was brutally killed four weeks after our wedding day … what impact did this have on my life? Do I have to repeat the devastating details and the cruelty in which this happened? Should I speak again about how we were robbed of our future? From the plans that were stolen from us? Should I describe my agony about the children who will never arise? Or, like so many people, are these heartbreaking details so engraving in your mind that they'll stay in mine forever?

Four weeks was all it took to call him my husband, four weeks to be called his wife. My life often feels bleak, hopeless and irreparable. My dreary nights bring no rest, no time to recover from this complete turmoil.

Every aspect of my life since Andrew's admission is bitterly different. Every moment of my life before Andrew was taken was shaped by his love and presence. A fact that I can only really understand on my own.

These men not only took my true, beautiful love from me, but also stole a brother, a son, an uncle and a friend from all who love him, but also our future. You took more than one life that day.

They stole the person I used to be, the happiness we shared, and the beautiful plans we made together. That night, when I opened the door to the stranger in uniform in front of me, everything I had known to be true in my life was robbed.

Every ounce of beautiful peace, gone. In response to the question of how Andrew's death affected me … Well, you would be entitled to know that without question I am just a shadow of the person I used to be, broken, upset, beaten.

An empty shell, empty of the content life I once loved. Please do not leave the victim, who was forced and unwittingly made, for nothing. He gave everything. A bitter reality that I have to face and endure for the rest of my life, every second, every minute, every day.

Whatever is decided in these courts today … it will never bring Andrew back. Andrew will never decorate us with his smile, compassion and selfless generosity and love as he used to.

I will spend every day of my remaining life with a hollowness that will never be fulfilled. An indescribable reality that no amount of words will ever fully reveal.

Again I search for the words to express my heartache, but any description of grief seems inadequate and incomplete.

Long glanced up at members of his family in the public gallery when he was convicted.

Cole kept his head down. Bowers seemed shocked when the sentences were returned.

Some of the defendants' supporters cried and gasped when the judge announced his decision. Ms. Harper's mother, Julie Beckett, applauded at the end of the hearing.

A fourth defendant, Thomas King, 21, of Basingstoke, admitted a conspiracy to steal a quad bike and was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday.

He was not directly involved in the incident that resulted in the death of PC Harper.

A second statement of victim impact from the official's mother, Deborah Adlam, was read to the court.

"I can't explain how tremendous what I feel and what I've been struggling with since we woke up at 4:45 p.m. on August 15, 2019 with the worst news you can imagine," she said.

He died because these defendants decided to steal a quad. My family and I feel broken – can you imagine that a loved one dies so outraged? & # 39;

Ms. Adlam added in her statement to the court about the victim's effects on the death of her son PC Harper: “He was our firstborn and was torn by me.

“I couldn't work for fear of collapse, my mind just isn't in the right place, my fear is overwhelming.

"I hardly sleep … I have no motivation or no daily routine – doing housework or cooking a meal, it just feels senseless now.

"I was sitting in the morgue of my son's covered body, too damaged to be seen. He will never be called "Papa" or hold his own child in his hand – we imagined that this will not be far away in the future.

Andrew was such a good man, a brave, caring person, funny and uplifting. I love and miss him every moment every day. He will be loved forever. & # 39;

PC Harper's sister Aimee also turned to the court and said: I am sure you already understand how impossible it would be to convey the enormous impact of Andrew's death on me and my family's life.

"I never thought that I would have to face such a raw darkness in my life. Knowing just the bare minimum of details about my brother's death was enough to chase my dreams and worry about my family all the time.

"I don't think I'll ever recover from it. My already strong fear has worsened, I am constantly sleepless and low. It affects my daily life and at this point it is difficult to see an end. & # 39;

Judge Edis called the family's statements "very moving".

Cole and Bowers had long celebrated after being declared non-murderous on July 24, while Bowers and Cole were seen laughing when they left the Reading Magistrate’s Court during an earlier hearing in 2019.

But last Friday, Long's defense attorney Rossano Scamardella QC insisted that her client take responsibility for his role in the officer's death.

Mr. Scamardella told old Bailey that it had been reported in the press that all of the accused had "behaved badly" during the trial.

He said, "Henry Long, we disagree that we behaved badly during the process.

“What we remember from the process is Henry Long's regret for what he felt. We suggest that his repentance is real. & # 39;

At the start of the hearing, Justice Edis spoke to the court about allegations that the jury had intimidated during the trial.

He said: “These judgments have sparked some controversy.

“I deliberately avoided reading or viewing reports on the case and commenting on them because I am obliged to do justice according to the law and the evidence that I have heard.

However, I was made aware that there were some discussions about the process and in particular about the measures to protect the jury.

In some areas it can be assumed that the jury was subjected to undue pressure. To the best of my knowledge and belief, there is no truth in it at all. & # 39;

None of the Harper family spoke in court after Friday's conviction.

Meanwhile, Supt Blaik of the Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit said his death highlighted the constant risks and dangers that officers are exposed to on duty.

He added that after the "catastrophic" event, risk management reviews of similar incidents would be carried out.

He said, "What (the incident) did is highlight the dangers that police officers across the country are facing.

"It has never been our case that these three, Long, Bowers and Cole, set out that night to seriously injure or kill a policeman.

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

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"

"Rest in peace, Andrew, please visit us if you can": PC Harper's mother Deborah Adlam pays tribute to her "blue-eyed, rosy" son

I am mother of PC Andrew Harper. My blue-eyed rosy, funny and wonderful firstborn son. You have no idea how happy I am that the process is now over. The results are as they are and now we have to try to live the rest of our lives without Andrew and instead with a great weight in our broken hearts.

I can't explain how violent I feel and what I've been struggling with since we were awakened on August 16, 2019 with a knock on the door at 4:45 a.m. Andrew was gone. Killed on duty. Trying to accept this is a daily struggle and we have barely started. “The detail has been terrible since then, and I don't think we'll ever come to terms with it.

My fit, healthy, happy, brilliant son died only because these boys decided to steal a quad. I personally have not seen, heard or felt a hint of remorse. In fact, we saw the opposite: Long, Bowers and Cole laughed repeatedly and showed a total lack of respect during the trial.

My family and I feel broken – can you imagine one of your loved ones suffering such a terrible ending and outrage? The pain we live with is endless. Andrew was literally ripped out of our family while we were sleeping.

I often just walk around my house and don't know what to do with myself – because I can't do anything that helps. I was unable to work for fear of collapse. I hardly sleep, wake up every hour or so every night and have no motivation for everyday tasks like cooking a meal. Everything just feels senseless. This is my new normal, my reality and I am desperately afraid of losing my other son or stepdaughter. I was told that this is a natural reaction.

All the excitement for Andrew's future was so cruelly removed. He will never be called Papa and will hold his own child in his hand, and we imagined that there was a good chance that is not too far away in the future. Andrew has always loved children, since a little boy we have many photos with his big grin that lovingly hold a little niece or nephew.

Andrew's brother tries to continue his life in a way that he knows Andrew wants to have for him. They were both best friends and brothers. They went on vacation together and spent many hours bouncing off each other laughing on the Xbox or inline skating, and the fighting was always lively, especially when they reached their twenties and kept going! My 6ft 5ins giants hit hard while roaring with laughter! You just loved it. And I loved listening to them.

I had to wake his brother up this morning on August 16 and tell him that his brother was gone. Andrew's younger stepsister has been looking for me for the past few months even though she has lost her big brother. She looked up at him and worshiped him as well as Andrew's entire family, including grandparents and Andrew's stepfather, among others. We all have to live with what happened. This caused a wave effect that had such a big impact on so many Andrew family members and friends.

Andrew was such a good man. A brave and caring person, so funny and uplifting, whose actions have had a positive impact on many lives. I love and miss him very much, every day and at every moment. The only thing I know for sure is no matter what happens. Andrew will remain our pride and joy and will be loved forever. My heart may be broken, but you will always be the focus.

I want to thank the QC and Thames Valley police for the hard and endless work to bring the case to court. It has been so difficult for many of you to know what you are doing against what happened. Ich danke auch unseren Verbindungsbeamten für die Familie, die mir in den dunkelsten Tagen geholfen haben, die ich je erlebt habe. Ich weiß nicht, wie ich ohne dich noch hier wäre.

Mein Tribut gilt auch allen anständigen und mutigen dienenden Offizieren, die ihr Leben leben und andere beschützen. In diesen herausfordernden Zeiten für die Polizei gehört jeder von Ihnen jemandem und ich hoffe, dass er Sie in Sicherheit bringt. Ich bin so stolz auf euch alle.

An jeden der Offiziere und Sanitäter und an alle, die sich in seinen letzten Augenblicken und den folgenden Tagen um Andrew gekümmert haben. Ich danke dir so sehr. Du warst da, als er dich am meisten brauchte und du warst für ihn da. Ich hoffe, Sie finden Frieden und Trost, wenn Sie das wissen.

Vielen Dank auch an alle Mitglieder der Öffentlichkeit, die so viel Unterstützung angeboten haben und dies auch weiterhin tun. Ich bin so dankbar, dass so viele Menschen an Andrew gedacht und sich die Zeit genommen haben, ihm ihren Respekt zu erweisen. Ich habe so viel Trost daraus gezogen.

Ruhe in ewigem Frieden Andrew – bitte besuche, wenn du kannst, Mama x.

„Aber es ist ihre Kriminalität, die sie und die Polizei zusammengebracht hat.

„Wir akzeptieren, dass Polizeiarbeit ein riskantes Geschäft ist und dass mit der Bekämpfung der Kriminalität immer Risiken verbunden sind, aber dies hätte niemals passieren dürfen.

"Natürlich sind wir sehr traurig über die Ereignisse und werden das Risikomanagement bei solchen Vorfällen überprüfen."

Die Urteile, in denen Long, Cole und Bowers für nicht mordschuldig erklärt wurden, stießen bei der Witwe des Opfers auf Angst. She was "deeply shocked and horrified" by the decision not to convict the youth for murder.

She added, "I have my own life sentence now and believe myself when I say that it will be a much more painful, soul-destroying and painful journey than someone who has been in prison for only a few years."

Frau Harper forderte daraufhin die Regierung auf, einzugreifen, obwohl ein erneutes Verfahren äußerst ungewöhnlich und unwahrscheinlich sei.

In einem offenen Brief auf ihrer Facebook-Seite schrieb sie an Boris Johnson, Innenminister Priti Patel und den ehemaligen Innenminister für Arbeit, Lord (David) Blunkett, und forderte sie und andere auf, "solch ein verabscheuungswürdiges Unrecht für unser Land zu korrigieren".

„Ich bitte Sie, meine Worte zu hören, die Fakten zu sehen, die vor uns liegen, und ich bitte Sie mit keinen anderen Erwartungen als der Hoffnung, dass Sie mir helfen könnten, diese Änderungen in Betracht zu ziehen, um sicherzustellen, dass Andrew die Wiederholung erhält, die er hat zweifellos verdient und zu sehen, dass das Justizsystem in unserem Land die solide ethische Grundlage ist, die es zu Recht sein sollte.

"Not the joke that so many of us are seeing now."

Der Ärger von Frau Harper wurde von der Mutter des Polizisten, Frau Adlam, geteilt, die schrieb: „Andrew James Harper ist mein Sohn. 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;

Despite Ms. Harper's request, the Prime Minister is not authorized to order retrial proceedings.

According to the Criminal Justice Act 2003, the prosecutor would have to agree to the reopening of an investigation, and this should include "new and convincing" evidence that was not available for the original prosecution.

In response to Ms. Harper's letter, the Prime Minister's spokesman replied: “The Prime Minister's thoughts are with PC Harper's family and friends and they are sympathetic to their loss.

“The bravery that PC Harper showed in intercepting these criminals reminds us of the risks our police officers face every day to protect us.

„Sein Mut, sein Engagement und seine Professionalität repräsentieren das Beste unserer Polizei – und von uns allen. The Prime Minister will officially respond to Ms. Harper's letter after the trial. "

Als Antwort auf die Verurteilung sagte Jaswant Kaur Narwal, Oberster Staatsanwalt für Themse und Chiltern: „Unser tiefstes Mitgefühl gilt der Familie von Pc Harper, von der wir wissen, dass sie mit dem Urteil unzufrieden ist.

„Die Jury kann nur verurteilen, wenn sie zweifelsfrei sicher ist, alle Beweise gehört zu haben, und wir ihre Entscheidung respektieren.

"Lange, Bowers und Coles kriminelle Handlungen führten zum unnötigen Tod eines tapferen jungen Mannes, der im Dienst getötet wurde, und dafür werden sie insgesamt 42 Jahre im Gefängnis verbringen."

Es ist fast genau ein Jahr her, seit PC Harper und sein Kollege PC Andrew Shaw auf einen Bericht über ein gestohlenes Quad von einem Grundstück in Stanford Dingley geantwortet haben. Es war vier Stunden nach dem Ende seiner Schicht, obwohl die beiden in der Gegend waren und so helfen wollten.

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 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.

The "gentle country boy who loved his food": How newly married PC Andrew Harper was dragged to death four hours after the start of the shift because he was determined to help and protect the public

Mark Duell für MailOnline

He was & # 39; the gentle giant with the heart of gold & # 39 ;.

The & # 39; country boy & # 39; who loved his food.

The newly married policeman who died on duty – more than four hours after the start of the shift – because he was determined to help and protect.

Andrew Harper and his sweetheart Lissie should have spent their honeymoon in the Maldives at the end of summer 2019.

Andrew Harper and Lissie should have spent the end of summer 2019 in the Maldives for their honeymoon

Andrew Harper and Lissie should have spent the end of summer 2019 in the Maldives for their honeymoon

Instead, the new woman, Harper, was faced without her 13-year-old partner for the rest of her life after he was killed in an emergency call on August 15 – four weeks after the couple closed the knot.

Andrew Harper was born on March 22, 1991 to the parents of Philip and Debbie and grew up in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, as the big brother of the siblings Sean and Aimee.

He joined the Thames Valley Police in 2010 as a 19-year-old, initially as a special police officer and the following year as a regular full-time officer.

He was over 6 feet tall, weighed 14 stone and 14 feet tall.

But his wife described his friendly and selfless demeanor at his funeral as "gentle giant with a heart of gold".

"Our superhuman, our bodyguard, our light in the dark," said Mrs. Harper in a homage to her husband days after his death.

"My God, we will miss you. You will be remembered as the best of us forever. & # 39;

Lissie Harper posted a message on Facebook six days ago, one year after marrying PC Harper. In it, she said: "I am alone in complete disbelief."

Lissie Harper posted a message on Facebook six days ago, one year after marrying PC Harper. In it, she said: "I am alone in complete disbelief."

The two enjoyed spending time together outdoors, taking long walks and bike rides and exploring new places.

At the time of his death, PC Harper raised money for children with cancer and set a first sponsorship goal of £ 500 for participating in a 20-mile obstacle course.

Ms. Harper remained without her 13-year-old partner for the rest of her life after being killed on August 15, last year

Ms. Harper remained without her 13-year-old partner for the rest of her life after being killed on August 15, last year

Within weeks of his death, the sum exceeded £ 300,000.

Colleagues remembered PC Harper's love of food, his infectious smile, and sense of humor.

His colleague, Pc Jordan Johnstone, said to the mourners at the 28-year-old's funeral, "I remember Harps' first day … He came in with a clean white hat, shiny boots, and an incredible selection of Tupperware Office.

"We laughed, we joked and we never stopped smiling."

However, PC Harper had a serious side to it, which he and his colleague demonstrated when he decided to respond to reports of an intrusion into Bradfield Southend, Berkshire on August 15, 2019 at 11:17 p.m.

Prosecutor Jonathan Laidlaw told the jury, "Although it goes far beyond the end of their shift and they are close together and think they can help," the duo offered to take part in the scene.

Mr. Laidlaw described it as "beyond duty".

It should be PC Harper's last case.

Die Tiefe der Verletzungen, die durch den Tod von PC Harper verursacht wurden, hallte durch die Polizei von Thames Valley, und Beamte bildeten eine fast Ehrengarde, als Mitglieder der Jury den Tatort besuchten.

And the emotion of the family was so harsh that the jury was not told about the status of PC Harper as a newlywed if the weight of a widow's grief harmed the accused.

Instead, members of the PC Harper family watched three teenagers describe their respective involvement in death.

Hare hunting, attacks on houses with fireworks and theft: How illiterate people who kill police officers brazenly documented their violations of the law on Facebook

By Mark Duell for MailOnline

19-year-old Henry Long and his passengers Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers, both 18 years old, have been imprisoned for years for homicide due to the death of PC Andrew Harper.

The 28-year-old newly married PC Harper got caught in a tow rope attached to her Seat Toledo when he tried to arrest her in Berkshire last August.

The teenagers admitted they planned the theft, and Long pleaded guilty to manslaughter, but everyone denied knowing PC Harper was there.

All three were acquitted of the murder today by an Old Bailey jury that had thought for over 12 hours, but Cole and Bowers were found guilty of manslaughter.

Here's a profile of each of the killers, showing how they documented their violations of the law in Facebook posts that chase rabbits and fireworks at homes:

HENRY LONG (driver)

Fast and furious, loving driver: illiterate, 19, with a number of juvenile offenses for violence and drunk mess

19-year-old Henry Long was taken out of school by his father after having problems with the teachers

19-year-old Henry Long was taken out of school by his father after having problems with the teachers

Henry Long, 19, could neither read nor write and was taken out of school by his father after having problems with teachers.

At 12, he followed in his father's and grandfather's footsteps and started stealing, he told the jury.

Long specialized in theft of quads and machines and carried tools to break into sheds and crack metal chains and padlocks.

The career thief first discovered the quad and drove the getaway car that PC Andrew Harper killed. Among travelers, he had the reputation of being a good driver who could drive vehicles at breakneck speed.

With the help of Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole, both 18 years old, he disguised his Seat Toledo by turning off the taillights, masking the license plates, and removing all the logos. For a long time the ringleader was telling Bowers and Cole to shut up and turn the music on while he was driving.

Cross-examined Long admitted "dangerously close" that he was enjoying the persecution when he further knew that PC Harper was being dragged behind him.

He tried to convince the jury that if he had known the officer was behind him, he would have stopped and tried to save him.

Long (pictured in September 2019) specialized in theft of quads and machines and had tools to break into scales and crack metal chains and padlocks

Long (pictured in September 2019) specialized in theft of quads and machines and had tools to break into scales and crack metal chains and padlocks

Sitting in the dock, he laughed with Bowers and Cole as details of the terrible death were read that brought PC Harper's widow to tears. First he said to the police, "I don't care," when they arrested him for murder.

He lied and claimed to have seen Fast and Furious all night. But the police were able to trace his cell phone back to the scene and forced him to change his story.

During the trial, he argued that he couldn't hear or feel anything behind the car. Long has four convictions for five crimes, all as a teenager. He is convicted of two battery charges, two cases of drunkenness and disorder, and two other shoplifting crimes.

ALBERT BOWERS (passenger)

Accomplices with a passion for blood sports: racist thug, 18, who posed with dead bunnies on Facebook and fell asleep during the process

18-year-old Albert Bowers fell asleep during the trial when the prosecutor showed footage of the officer who was dragged to his death

18-year-old Albert Bowers fell asleep during the trial when the prosecutor showed footage of the officer who was dragged to his death

18-year-old Albert Bowers is very interested in coursing blood sport rabbits.

Photos from his Facebook account show the teenager holding pictures of dead rabbits killed by his sighthound.

He had turned to waiting photographers and started laughing after one of his first appearances at the Reading Magistrates' Court after the murder.

Even when PC Harper's body was described as a "dear carcass" Bowers, Long and Cole continued to grin in the dock.

His attention span lasted only 40 minutes, and he eventually fell asleep in the trial when the indictment showed footage of the officer who was dragged to his death.

As evidence, he said that he could neither read nor write and had to be supported by an intermediary. He left school in the sixth year and occasionally worked as a landscape gardener while assisting himself with theft.

The jury heard that he and Long were close friends, often looking for property together. Both knew the nearby streets well and used this knowledge of the site to avoid the police.

Bowers has three convictions for five juvenile offenses.

He has been convicted of a number of criminal damages, a touch-sensitive sexual assault, an offense possession crime, a battery sentence, and a racist offense.

JESSIE COLE (passenger)

The 18-year-old tree cutter, who had left school and could only spell his own name, needed help from an intermediary while he testified in court

Jessie Cole, 18, can neither read nor write and left school at the age of 14

Jessie Cole, 18, can neither read nor write and left school at the age of 14

Jessie Cole, 18, claimed he had met Bowers and Long recently.

He claimed that he was stolen with them and not just because he was afraid.

Like the other two, he can neither read nor write and left school at the age of 14. He attended college for boys with learning difficulties and when he dropped out, he could just spell his name.

Since then he has worked with his father as a tree cutter in Reading, Basingstoke and the Isle of Wight, earning up to £ 70 a day. In the weeks leading up to the murder, he worked with his father on the island before returning to his mother.

Seine Eltern hatten sich getrennt, als er 18 Monate alt war. Cole said he was closer to his mother than to his father. As with Bowers, an intermediary helped him when he testified.

Cole behauptete, er habe nicht gesehen, wie PC Harper ihn verfolgte, aber Dash-Cam-Aufnahmen des verfolgenden Polizeiautos zeigen, wie er sich dem Polizisten zuwandte, bevor er durch das Toledo-Fenster sprang. Er hat keine früheren Überzeugungen.

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