Who was PC Andrew Harper and how did the police officer die? – The Sun

PC Andrew Harper's mum said the family "will never recover" from his loss after he was killed on August 15, 2019, while responding to a reported burglary.

Three teens – Henry Long, 19, Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers, both 18 – were found not guilty of murder on July 24 but all three were convicted of manslaughter.

Who was PC Andrew Harper and when did he get married?

PC Andrew Harper was killed while attending a reported burglary in a rural area of Berkshire.

The 28-year-old officer died after he was allegedly dragged along a road by a vehicle in Sulhamstead, Berkshire, on August 15 2019.

He had married his sweetheart Lissie Beckett just four weeks earlier at Ardington House in Oxfordshire.

Andrew gave his wife a touching message when they married and it said: "Life is slippery. Here, take my hand."

The officer sent the romantic card to Lissie on the morning of their big day to mark their commitment to each other.

Lissie, also 28, was pictured beaming as she read the card containing the quote from American author J Jackson Brown Jnr moments before walking down the aisle.

Andrew died a week before he was due to go on holiday.

He was the first police officer to die on duty since Westminster PC Keith Palmer in March 2017.

Who was arrested in connection with the police officer's murder?

On September 17, 2019, four people were arrested on suspicion of murdering PC Harper.

Henry Long, 19, and 18-year-olds Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole appeared in court in July 2020.

A fourth suspect, a 21-year-old man, was arrested for the first time after cops swooped on a traveller camp on the outskirts of Basingstoke, Hants.

And then 20-year-old Jed Foster was charged with the PC's murder, appearing in court in August 2019. All charges were dropped.

Long, Bowers and Cole were found not guilty of murdering the officer after the jury had deliberated for almost two days.

Bowers and Cole were instead convicted of the lesser charge of manslaughter – which Long had previously admitted.

All three had also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal the quad bike.

Pc Harper's tearful widow Lissie was comforted by other family members in court as the verdicts were delivered.

Mr Justice Edis adjourned sentence until next Friday.

What happened to PC Harper?

PC Harper, a rapid response officer with the force’s roads and traffic command, attended a suspected burglary with a colleague in a marked car at 11.30pm on Thursday, August 15 2019.

He had just left his vehicle when he was struck by a car at a country crossroads, close to Sulhamstead and the A4 Bath Road between Reading and Newbury.

He fell beneath the vehicle and was allegedly dragged a “considerable” distance.

On August 17, police said that Harper died of "multiple injuries".

It is not yet clear at which stage PC Harper died.

Det Supt Ailsa Kent said: "A post-mortem was carried out on Andrew's body and the cause of death has been recorded as multiple injuries.

"(That) is consistent with our current belief that Andrew was caught between a vehicle and the road and then dragged for a distance."

Ten murder suspects, aged 13-30, were arrested from a nearby local authority-run caravan and mobile home site, Four Houses Corner.

Police were given a 36 hour extension to their custody to carry out interviews.

On August 19, Jed Foster was charged with the murder of the officer.

But he soon walked free from the Old Bailey.

What has been said about this death?

On what would have been his 29th birthday in April 2020, his grieving wife posted to Facebook: “Oh my lovely boy, I can’t believe I’m spending this day without you.

“I walked at our favourite spot, I sat in the sun and I remembered all of your special birthdays we did spend together.

“I know you were there with me and will always be in my heart forever more. My love is yours always.”

Tributes also flooded in after PC Harper's death.

PC Harper's heartbroken wife said she did not know how she would "survive" without him.

She added: "You had the best sense of humour and never took life too seriously.

"You treasured every moment and always had a smile on your face."

Grieving Lissie praised her husband who "wanted to keep everyone safe" and "went the extra mile".

She said: "The lights have dimmed on all of our lives now that you are no longer here, but it's no surprise that even when you're gone, you're still keeping us all going, knowing that you would tell us to carry on and stay strong.

"I can't begin to imagine a life without your silly jokes, size 14 feet, large appetite, big hugs, Sunday roasts, and never faltering positive attitude.

"You kept me going if I was down and took care of us all until the last."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid tribute to PC Harper who made the "ultimate sacrifice".

Then-Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was “totally shocked” by the death.

Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson paid tribute to the “incredible bravery” of police officers.

Home Secretary Priti Patel paid tribute, saying she was "devastated and appalled".

His mum left a message tied to a bouquet at the scene of his death: "We will never recover – our darling Andrew. You will never feel pain of growing old or a broken heart.

"I feel your presence comforting me in my darkest hours and minutes and know there’s enough to share with all those who love and need you right now.

"Sleep tight sweetheart. See you one day."

"Forever loving Mum, Phil, Sean and Amelia."

His gran Maureen Shrimpton and uncle Dale Shrimpton also paid tribute, along with victims of crime helped by Andrew.

What is the JustGiving page and how much has been raised?

Donations for PC Harper hit £100,000 in just one day as his colleagues hailed him a hero.

Thames Valley Police Federation raised £327,933 for the late officer's family through the JustGiving page.

Donations of more than £30,000 also flooded a page set up by PC Harper, who had pledged to undertake an endurance race for a children's cancer charity.

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