Friday, April 19, 2024

Three teenagers found guilty of manslaughter in PC Harper killing:

Three teenagers have been convicted of killing respected PC Andrew Harper whilst desperately attempting to avoid being captured.

PC Andrew Harper was dragged for a mile behind their car, following his attempt to stop the group towing away a quad bike, that had been stolen from outside a home in west Berkshire.

The driver, Henry Long, 19 earlier admitted manslaughter; his passengers Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole, both 18 were found guilty of the same offence by a jury at the Old Bailey in central London.  They had all earlier denied murder. 

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The court had heard that on 15 August 2019 as they were approaching the end of their shift PC Harper and his colleague PC Andrew Shaw answered a call on their radio at just after 11:15pm.  Arriving at the scene the car driven by Henry Long sped away; PC Harper was knocked off his feet and in what were described as “truly shocking circumstances” died after his ankles were caught in a rope hanging from the back of the vehicle which had been used to tow away the stolen quad-bike.