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Interview with Lissie Harper on what would be Pc Andrew Harper's 30th birthday

The widow of Pc Andrew Harper has described the “heartbreak” of not being able to celebrate his 30th birthday on Monday together - but is more determined than ever to change the law in his name. Pc Harper, 28, was responding to a quad bike theft on his final shift with Thames Valley Police before his honeymoon when he was caught in a strap attached to the back of a car driven by Henry Long down a winding country road in Berkshire on the night of August 15, 2019. He suffered horrific injuries and died at the scene. Long admitted manslaughter and was sentenced to 16 years, while his passengers Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers were convicted of manslaughter after a trial at the Old Bailey. They were each handed 13-year sentences. The Court of Appeal last year rejected a bid by the Attorney General to increase the sentences handed to Long, 19, and his accomplices, both 18. The decision has emboldened Mrs Harper’s campaign for Harper’s Law – a mandatory life sentence for those who kill emergency workers due to a criminal act.

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