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Pc Andrew Harper’s widow leads thousands of motorcyclists in memorial ride

More than £16,000 was raised in the name of Pc Harper for the ‘ride of respect’ on Sunday in Oxfordshire.

Thousands of motorcyclists take part in a ‘ride of respect’ in Oxfordshire in memory of PC Andrew Harper (Ben Birchall/PA)
Thousands of motorcyclists take part in a ‘ride of respect’ in Oxfordshire in memory of PC Andrew Harper (Ben Birchall/PA)

By Ryan Hooper, PA Chief Reporter

The widow of Pc Andrew Harper led the procession as around 5,000 motorcyclists put on their full leathers to complete a charity ride in memory of the tragic police officer.

Lissie Harper was the passenger on her husband’s motorcycle, ridden by her brother Jake Beckett, which began the 15-mile journey from RAF Benson to Abingdon Airfield in Oxfordshire on Sunday.

She was followed by Mr and Mrs Harper’s immediate family, as members of the public lined the route to show their appreciation.

Organisers said more than £16,000 had been raised for Pc Harper’s family and designated charities.

An RAF Benson spokesman said: “There were more than 4,000 people here, there were motorcycles as far as the eye can see.

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The lead motorcycle (right) shows Lissie Harper, widow of Pc Andrew Harper, who was the passenger on her husband’s motorcycle, ridden by her brother Jake Beckett (Ben Birchall/PA)

“It might be closer to 5,000 people, actually.

“They started leaving in groups of about 500 from midday, and by 2pm they were probably only half-way through.

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Thousands of motorcyclists took part in a ‘ride of respect’ in Oxfordshire in memory of Pc Andrew Harper (Ben Birchall/PA)

“The family were overwhelmed with the support when they arrived, and a lot of money has been raised.

“People just wanted to show their respects.”

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A picture Pc Andrew Harper on a Honda Goldwing motorbike (Ben Birchall/PA)

The 28-year-old newlywed, from Thames Valley Police, was killed on August 15 near the village of Sulhamstead in Berkshire.

He died from multiple injuries after being dragged under a van, four weeks after his wedding.

Around 800 mourners turned out for his funeral at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford on October 14.

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More than 4,000 motorcyclists are thought to have taken part (Ben Birchall/PA)

Suspects Henry Long, 18, from Mortimer in Reading, and two 17-year-old boys, who cannot be named because of their age, have been charged with murder and conspiracy to steal a quad bike.

Thomas King, 21, from Basingstoke, is also accused of conspiracy to steal a quad bike.

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