Heartbreak of PC Andrew Harper’s widow as she marks his 30th birthday alone


PC Andrew Harper’s widow has revealed her “heartbreak” at not being able to celebrate his 30th birthday together today.

Lissie Harper will mark the day with a quiet walk at one of their favourite places.

The PC died on his last shift before his honeymoon when he was dragged to his death while responding to reports of a quad bike theft.

Lissie, 30, who still wears her husband’s wedding ring, said: “His 30th birthday would have been something we would have celebrated and it’s still very surreal to me that we’re not, and he’s not here.

“It would have been a really special day, so it’s very bitter to have to spend that without him. I’d have taken him away, done something special.

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“He loved to live – that’s why it’s so heartbreaking. Of all the people for it to happen to… it’s the cruellest.”

Lissie finds it tough explaining her partner of 13 years’ death to strangers.

Speaking from her parents home in Oxfordshire, she said: “Waiting for them to ask about it or having to explain it are particularly hard. The ring’s still on, it will stay there for the moment.”

The policeman wed his partner Lissie weeks before the tragedy

PC Harper, 28, got caught in a strap attached to a car driven by Henry Long, 19, in August 2019 and died at the scene.

Long admitted manslaughter and was jailed 16 years at the Old Bailey.

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His passengers Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers, both 18, got 13 years for manslaughter.

The Court of Appeal rejected a bid to increase their sentences.

Lissie is campaigning for Harper’s Law – a mandatory life term for those who kill emergency workers.

She said: “I won’t give up until we get there.”

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