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World PC's widow to meet home secretary over 'Harper's Law'

11:29  26 august  2020
11:29  26 august  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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THE widow of PC Andrew Harper said she wants to meet Home Secretary Priti Patel to demand better protection for emergency workers. Lissie Harper , 29, told the Daily Express her campaign for Harper ' s Law will help reduce attacks on police, paramedics, NHS workers, prison officers and

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The widow of PC Andrew Harper will meet Home Secretary Priti Patel next month.

a person smiling for the camera: PC Harper died in August last year - just a month after his wedding © Getty PC Harper died in August last year - just a month after his wedding

Lissie Harper is campaigning for criminals convicted of killing emergency services workers to be given life sentences, with an online petition close to reaching half a million signatures.

In a statement, she said: "What is more important than the safety and security of our emergency services workers?

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PC Harper was dragged to his death when he became entangled in a tow rope attached to the teens' getaway car. Pc Harper ' s brave widow has previously spoken out over the sentence, saying her She has since written an open letter to Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Priti Patel and former Labour

PC Harper ' s widow praises plan to lengthen jail terms for his killers. Mr Harper added: "Our family have always held the view that in our society there are people that are the backbone of this country, people who look after us and pick us up when we fall, people that give us the opportunity to live freely

"So we are delighted that the Home Office have been in touch to arrange the important meeting with Home Secretary Priti Patel. This is vital and it's urgent.

"Our justice system is broken. And we need Harper's Law to help fix it.

"I have witnessed first-hand the lenient and insufficient way in which the justice system deals with criminals who take the lives of our emergency workers.

"We need Harper's Law to give the ultimate protection to our emergency services workers.

"They run towards danger to protect the public from harm. They go out every day and risk their lives to protect us. They deserve the ultimate protection in return."

PC Harper, 28, died in August last year - just one month after his wedding - when three teenagers fled the scene of a quad bike theft in Berkshire.

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Pc Harper ’ s widow , designer Lissie Harper , 29, has launched a campaign for a change to the law which would see those convicted of killing emergency workers jailed for life. She said: “This is great news and we thank the Attorney General for her swift decision. “The sentences for Andrew’ s killers did

Pc Andrew Harper ’ s widow has written to the Prime Minister to ask for a retrial after her husband’ s teenage killers were cleared of murder. In an open letter posted on her Facebook page on Tuesday evening, Mrs Harper wrote to Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Priti Patel and Lord Blunkett urging

The Thames Valley Police traffic officer got his ankles caught in a strap attached to the back of a car and was dragged to his death for a mile along country lanes.

Henry Long, 19, Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole, both 18, were jailed last month for manslaughter after being acquitted of murder.

Long, the driver of the car, was sentenced to 16 years in prison, while Bowers and Cole were given sentences of 13 years.

Attorney General Suella Braverman has referred those sentences to the Court of Appeal, with judges to decide whether they were too lenient.

Mrs Harper said she was contacted by the Home Office to arrange the meeting with the home secretary.

She said she was "delighted" that Ms Patel had agreed to a meeting, and that her campaign is "vital and urgent".

"We don't just need warm words, we need action," Mrs Harper said.

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