Three Teens Found Guilty Of Manslaughter Of Andrew Harper PC
Three teenagers have been found guilty of the manslaughter of PC Andrew Harper, who tragically died after being dragged along a road by a car.
The 28-year-old police constable died from multiple injuries after being dragged under a van when investigating a burglary in Berkshire in August last year.
Today, the Old Bailey found driver Henry Long, 19, not guilty of murder but of manslaughter, while passengers Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers, both 18, were handed the same charges.
Courts heard how PC Harper had been attempting to apprehend the quad bike thieves when he had become caught to a tow rope attached to the car and dragged for more than a mile.
The teens had been attempting to steal a £10,000 quad bike from a home in Stanford Dingley, Berkshire, when PC Harper got out of his police vehicle to chase after a suspect.
When his ankles became entangled in the rope attached to Long's car, he was dragged for more than a mile down winding country roads.
PC Harper suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene near the A4 in Berkshire.
Long, Cole and Bowers, from Reading, admitted to planning to steal a quad bike but all denied murder with passengers Cole and Bowers claiming they didn't see PC Harper at all.
Andrew's family - including his wife Lissie Harper, who had been married to the policeman for just four weeks before his death - are yet to make a statement on the charges.
More to follow.
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