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Pc’s widow vows to continue push for ‘Harper’s Law’ on anniversary of campaign


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he widow of Pc Andrew Harper has vowed to continue her campaign to get the law changed in his name on the anniversary of launching her quest for “Harper’s Law”.

Lissie Harper wants to see a mandatory life sentence introduced for those who kill emergency workers in a criminal act.

Pc Harper, 28, died in August 2019 while responding to a quad bike theft on his final shift with Thames Valley Police before his honeymoon when he was seriously injured after being caught in a strap attached to the back of a car down a winding country road in Berkshire.

Lissie Harper (Martis Media/PA)

In a statement, Mrs Harper said: “Day after day, police officers, and sadly many of our emergency services heroes, look danger in the eyes and carry on regardless.

“They put themselves in harm’s way to protect the public, so we need to give something back to show we support them.”

Both Home Secretary Priti Patel and the Justice Secretary, Robert Buckland QC have backed her campaign but proposals are yet to come before Parliament and Mrs Harper said she would continue to pursue the change “until Harper’s Law is written in the history books”.

Mrs Harper added she hoped the end of summer recess and the party conference season would prove a boost to her campaign.

She said: “We have gained lots of momentum over the past year in discussions with the Ministry of Justice and The Home Office about making this much needed law a reality.

“With a year behind us since the commencement of such an emotional but all be it vital undertaking, I am reassured by the continued progress we make.

“I hope that with The Government returning from recess, and as party conference season takes place, we will be in a good position to make Harper’s Law a reality as soon as possible.

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