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A friend of PC Andrew Harper has said he is bitterly disappointed by the manslaughter verdict for three teenagers who killed the newlywed officer

by Bryant Riggs (2020-11-05)


A friend of PC Andrew Harper has said he is bitterly disappointed by the manslaughter verdict for three teenagers who killed the newlywed officer.  

Andy Ledbury, a family friend who employed PC Harper at a roofing business when he was 18, said: 'To say I'm shocked and disappointed would be a huge understatement. In case you cherished this short article and also you would like to get guidance concerning Bonded generously stop by the web-page. '

He further said that the trio 'knew exactly what they were doing' as they dragged the constable to his death.   

Henry Long, Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole hugged each other yesterday as they were cleared of murdering the police officer by dragging him to his death behind their car - but were convicted of manslaughter. 

The verdict left PC Harper's widow, Lissie, 'immensely disappointed' and sparked fury from his friends and colleagues.

The 28-year-old officer had tried to stop the thieves stealing a quad bike and his ankles were lassoed by the trailing loading strap as the teenagers tried to escape in Sulhamstead, Berkshire, in August last year.

For over a mile he was towed helplessly behind the Seat Toledo by his feet as the car reached speeds of up to 60mph with driver Long, 19, swerving violently to try and release the stricken officer.

Long and his two friends Bowers and Cole, both 18, were all accused of murder but convicted only of manslaughter and were seen joyfully embracing each other via a videolink from HMP Belmarsh in London. 

A jury's decision to clear the three travellers who killed PC Andrew Harper, pictured, has been slammed

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

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

Lissie Harper (centre, in white), the widow of PC Harper, outside the Old Bailey in London yesterday.

She said she was 'immensely disappointed' that the three teenagers were cleared of murder, describing the crime as 'barbaric'