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PC Harper’s widow: I can’t get closure and justice due to legal battle over sentences

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Heartbroken Lissie Harper, 29, said: “You don’t get that closure and that justice. You’re in limbo.” PC Harper, a Thames Valley Police traffic officer, died aged 28 when he was caught in a tow rope and dragged along country lanes after trying to stop quad bike thieves in Berkshire in August last year.

His three teenage killers were cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter at the Old Bailey.

Henry Long, 19, is seeking to appeal against his 16-year jail sentence, while 18-year-olds Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole are looking to challenge their convictions and 13-year prison terms.

Lissie, 29, is campaigning for life sentences for those who kill emergency services workers.

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She yesterday met with Labour shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds.

Speaking after her meeting, Lissie said: “Harper’s Law will be for everyone. And cross-party support will mean there will not be an ensuing political battle. It’s something we all want.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel met PC Harper’s mother, Debbie Adlam, yesterday to discuss her campaign for tougher sentences for people who kill police officers.

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