PC Andrew Harper’s widow: I want life sentences for killers of 999 workers
Pc Andrew Harper's wife reacts to appeal failure
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Lissie Harper, 30, yesterday vowed she is “not going to stop” campaigning for tough new laws. She is campaigning for Harper’s Law – a mandatory life sentence for those who kill 999 workers due to a criminal act. Lissie said: “Andrew was devoted and dedicated to his job. That’s partly why I’m doing Harper’s Law, because somebody needs to stand up for the people that are protecting the public.
“And if no one else is going to do it then I certainly will. And he’d be right here beside me fighting as well.”
Officials from the Ministry of Justice are currently reviewing the law, Home Secretary Priti Patel announced yesterday.
PC Harper was killed in August 2019 aged 28 while responding to reports of the theft of a quad bike in Stanford Dingley, Berkshire. He was dragged to his death by a car for more than a mile.
Lissie said she was “outraged” about the sentences handed to three teenagers for her husband’s killing.
Henry Long, 19, was sentenced to 16 years and 18-year-olds Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers were handed 13 years in custody over the manslaughter of the Thames Valley Police traffic officer.
Lissie said the campaign for Harper’s Law is “so important to me”, adding: “I couldn’t think of anything I need to be doing more now for everyone.”
Explaining how the law would work, she said: “If somebody were to go out and commit a crime and ultimately cause the death of an emergency worker, they would then see themselves spending an adequate amount of time in prison instead of what I believe to be inadequate, which would result in a life sentence.”
Ms Patel said: “The Police Federation has spoken to me about widespread unhappiness about the leniency and inconsistent application of sentences. I share that unhappiness.
“The Ministry of Justice is reviewing the current law. I take this extremely seriously.”
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