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UK News PC Harper's widow launches campaign for mandatory life sentences for killers of emergency workers

18:51  05 august  2020
18:51  05 august  2020 Source:   uk.news.yahoo.com

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Taylor Reese et al. standing in front of a wedding cake: Lissie Harper, pictured on her wedding day with Andrew Harper, is calling for full life terms for her husband's killers. (Mark Lord/PA) Lissie Harper, pictured on her wedding day with Andrew Harper, is calling for full life terms for her husband's killers. (Mark Lord/PA)

People who kill emergency workers should face a mandatory full life jail terms, the widow of PC Andrew Harper has said.

Lissie Harper is calling for Andrew's Law, which would mean those convicted of causing the death of police, fire or emergency medical workers would spend the rest of their life in prison.

It comes after her husband’s killers – Henry Long, 19, and 18-year-olds Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers – were handed 16-year and 13-year sentences for manslaughter at the Old Bailey last week.

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Mrs Harper said: "I pledge to my late husband to never stop until I have made the difference that this country clearly needs.

"I vow to stand strong and firm with so many other honourable people in our country to make the changes that we clearly know to be justified.”

a person sitting on a bench: Deborah Adlam, holding a photograph of her son Pc Andrew Harper, at her home in Oxfordshire. It was announced earlier today that the three teenagers jailed for killing the police officer will have their sentences reviewed after claims they are too lenient. © Provided by Yahoo! News UK Deborah Adlam, holding a photograph of her son Pc Andrew Harper, at her home in Oxfordshire. It was announced earlier today that the three teenagers jailed for killing the police officer will have their sentences reviewed after claims they are too lenient.

The campaign is being backed by the Police Federation of England and Wales, which represents thousands of officers up to the rank of chief inspector.

Thames Valley Police officer PC Harper was caught in a crane strap dangling from the back of a Seat Toledo driven by Long, and dragged to his death.

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PC Harper’s mother, Debbie Adlam, also backed the campaign, saying: ”An emergency service worker is there to protect all of us and we should be protecting them as well.”

She added: "You've killed somebody who is out there to do a good job, to protect the country, and you have taken their life. You need to pay for that.”

PC Harper joins a long list of emergency workers who have been killed while on duty throughout the years.

a man and a dog posing for the camera: Undated picture of Pc Ged Walker. David Andrew Parfitt, of Wareham Close, Aspley, Nottingham, denies murdering the 42-year-old father-of-two, who died in hospital two days after an incident in which he was dragged more than 100 yards at up to 30mph along a street in Bulwell, Nottingham. The jury at Birmingham Crown Court has heard how Pc Walker was trapped in the driver's window of a stolen taxi driven by Parfitt before he was thrown into a concrete bollard. *11/12/03: Parfitt, 26, has been found guilty of manslaughter at Birmingham Crown Court. 25/3/04: A report by HM Inspector of Probation reveals that probation officers declined to take action as David Parfitt, 26, who was later convicted of the manslaughter of the officer, consistently failed drug tests imposed as part of his early release from a previous sentence and that a catalogue of mistakes prevented the criminal being returned to custody months before the constable's death. 29/03/2004 A probation service was criticised by a watchdog for failing to properly supervise high-risk offenders in the community. Chief Inspector of Probation, Professor Rod Morgan, said a review of Hertfordshire Probation Area had revealed 'a number of shortcomings'. The report comes just days after another study by Prof Morgan which criticised the way probation staff in another part of the country handled David Parfitt, an addict who killed a police officer after being released from prison on licence. It said probation officers had allowed Parfitt, 26, to remain at liberty to kill Nottinghamshire dog handler Pc Walker. © Provided by Yahoo! News UK Undated picture of Pc Ged Walker. David Andrew Parfitt, of Wareham Close, Aspley, Nottingham, denies murdering the 42-year-old father-of-two, who died in hospital two days after an incident in which he was dragged more than 100 yards at up to 30mph along a street in Bulwell, Nottingham. The jury at Birmingham Crown Court has heard how Pc Walker was trapped in the driver's window of a stolen taxi driven by Parfitt before he was thrown into a concrete bollard. *11/12/03: Parfitt, 26, has been found guilty of manslaughter at Birmingham Crown Court. 25/3/04: A report by HM Inspector of Probation reveals that probation officers declined to take action as David Parfitt, 26, who was later convicted of the manslaughter of the officer, consistently failed drug tests imposed as part of his early release from a previous sentence and that a catalogue of mistakes prevented the criminal being returned to custody months before the constable's death. 29/03/2004 A probation service was criticised by a watchdog for failing to properly supervise high-risk offenders in the community. Chief Inspector of Probation, Professor Rod Morgan, said a review of Hertfordshire Probation Area had revealed 'a number of shortcomings'. The report comes just days after another study by Prof Morgan which criticised the way probation staff in another part of the country handled David Parfitt, an addict who killed a police officer after being released from prison on licence. It said probation officers had allowed Parfitt, 26, to remain at liberty to kill Nottinghamshire dog handler Pc Walker.

Gerald Walker

Dog handler PC Gerald ‘Ged’ Walker was killed while on duty in Bulwell, Nottingham, in January 2003.

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PC Walker, 42, was dragged 100 yards and suffered fatal head injuries after he reached into a stolen taxi in an attempt to remove the keys from the ignition.

The driver of the taxi, David Parfitt, 26, was convicted of manslaughter in the same year and sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Parfitt had been on licence at the time of the incident for a previous robbery offence.

a young man wearing a suit and hat: Undated collect photo of police officer Nina Mackay, who was stabbed to death as she went to arrest Madgi Elgizouli at a flat in east London. Elgizouli charged with her murder 26/10/97. Elgizouli pleads quilty 17/04/98. Inquiry unveiled 19/04/99. * The findings of an inquiry into the care of paranoid schizophrenic Magdi Elgizouli will be unveiled (19/04/99). A team report led by former social services director Ken Dixon will deliver its verdict on the treatment of Elgizouli, a former 'care in the comunity' patient. 08/1/00: The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Force, Sir John Stevens awarded posthumously the Commissioner's High Commendation for bravery to the wPC at New Scotland Yard, London. © Provided by Yahoo! News UK Undated collect photo of police officer Nina Mackay, who was stabbed to death as she went to arrest Madgi Elgizouli at a flat in east London. Elgizouli charged with her murder 26/10/97. Elgizouli pleads quilty 17/04/98. Inquiry unveiled 19/04/99. * The findings of an inquiry into the care of paranoid schizophrenic Magdi Elgizouli will be unveiled (19/04/99). A team report led by former social services director Ken Dixon will deliver its verdict on the treatment of Elgizouli, a former 'care in the comunity' patient. 08/1/00: The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Force, Sir John Stevens awarded posthumously the Commissioner's High Commendation for bravery to the wPC at New Scotland Yard, London.

Nina Mackay

WPC Nina Mackay was fatally stabbed in October 1997 as she attempted to arrest Magdi Elgizouli, an unemployed man with paranoid schizophrenia.

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The Metropolitan Police officer, who was 25 at the time of her death, removed her protective vest as she tried to arrest Elgizouli in Stratford, east London, for breaching his bail conditions.

Elgizouli stabbed WPC Mackay once in the abdomen and she died two hours later.

Mackay is the only female police officer in Great Britain to have been stabbed to death while on duty.

Elgizouli was initially charged with murder but was convicted on the lesser charge of manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility and was detained indefinitely at Rampton Secure Hospital in Nottinghamshire before being moved to St Bernard's Hospital in west London.

a person posing for the camera: West Yorkshire Police handout photo released Sunday November 20, 2005 of murdered WPC Sharon Beshenivsky who was shot in Bradford. © Provided by Yahoo! News UK West Yorkshire Police handout photo released Sunday November 20, 2005 of murdered WPC Sharon Beshenivsky who was shot in Bradford.

Sharon Beshenivsky

PC Sharon Beshenivsky, who worked for West Yorkshire Police, was shot dead by a criminal gang during a robbery in Bradford in November 2005.

The 38-year-old was responding to reports that an attack alarm had been activated at a travel agent in the city when she was fatally shot in the chest.

Somali brothers Mustaf Jama, 25, and Yusaf Jama, 19, and Muzzaker Shah were all convicted of murder and robbery and sentenced to life with a minimum of 35 years.

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Two other men, Faisal and Hassan Razzaq, were convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to life with a minimum of 11 years and 20 years respectively.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Undated handout file photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Keith Palmer. The Pc's widow has said she feels © Provided by Yahoo! News UK Undated handout file photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Keith Palmer. The Pc's widow has said she feels

Keith Palmer

PC Keith Palmer was guarding the Palace of Westminster in March 2017 when terrorist Khalid Masood, armed with two knives attempted to get past him after running over pedestrians.

Despite being unarmed, PC Palmer confronted Masood and attempted to stop him but was pushed back against the wall and fatally stabbed.

PC Palmer’s actions delayed Masood’s attempts to enter Parliament long enough for an armed police officer to arrive and shoot him dead.

PC Palmer, 48, was awarded the George Medal "for confronting an armed terrorist to protect others and Parliament” ini the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours.


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