What happened to PC Andrew Harper and when did he die?

PC Andrew Harper died last August in a tragic incident when he was dragged by a vehicle, just four weeks after his wedding.

The cop's widow, Leslie, said she faces her "own life sentence" after a jury cleared three teens of murder charges.

Who was PC Andrew Harper?

Harper was an English cop who was tragically killed just weeks after his wedding to Lissie Beckett last fall.

Harper was trying to stop three teens from stealing a four-wheeler bike, when his ankles were caught in a towrope of a vehicle.

The cop was drug for more than a mile, as the teens drove up to 60mph.

Jurors were told at a trial that the cop would have been rendered unconscious almost immediately, meaning he would not have been able to free himself.

When did he die?

The cop had tried to stop three teens – Henry Long, 19, Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers, both 18 – from stealing a quad bike on August 15, 2019.

The teens had tried to take the bike from Peter Wallis in Bradfield Southend when the cop tried to chase them and got caught in a tow rope attached to the teens' getaway car.

A car, driving at "breakneck speed," struck Harper "like a pendulum," jurors were told at a trial.

Harper was "barely alive" when his colleagues found him, but he died at the scene.

All of his clothes had been ripped from his body, aside from his socks.

He had been married just four weeks before the horrific incident, and was set to go on his honeymoon days later.

Who are the three suspects Henry Long, Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole?

The three teens were all in the car that Harper was dragged behind.

Long was driving the vehicle, and Bowers and Cole were passengers.

CCTV from before the incident showed the teens driving around looking for something to steal.

According to a jury, as Harper was being dragged behind the vehicle, Long told his passengers to told his passengers to “put the music on."

Were there any charges in the cop's death?

Long was initially charged with murder and conspiracy to steal.

At the time of the charges on September 18, Long said: "I don't give a f*** about any of this."

All three teens denied murder.

Long admitted to killing the officer during a trial, however, and said it made him feel "disgraceful."

The 19-year-old pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Cole and Bowers were also found guilty of manslaughter after two days of jury deliberation.

What has his wife said?

Harper's heartbroken widow, Lissie, said she faces her "own life sentence" after the teens were cleared of murder charges.

She described her late husband as "selfless, beautiful and heroic" and called his killers "senseless, barbaric and brutal".

Lissie cried when the teens were cleared of murder.

She said she is "immensely disappointed" in the verdict.

“In all honesty I am for the second time in the space of one year utterly shocked and appalled," the widow said.

"The decisions made in these courts by strangers will never change the outcome that had already come to us."

She added: "No verdict or sentence will ever bring my incredible, selfless and heroic husband back.

"The results from this trial I had hoped would bring justice but in reality make no difference to the heart-wrenching pain I will continue to feel for the rest of my life.

She said of her husband: "Andrew was taken from us on that horrendous night last year."

"His life was stolen and the lives of his family and friends altered forever.

Lissie added: "I now have my own life sentence to bear and believe me when I say it will be a lot more painful, soul destroying and painful journey than anyone facing a meagre number of years in prison will experience."



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