Debbie Adlam, the mother of hero PC Andrew Harper, has confirmed that she will be meeting with Home Secretary Priti Patel next week to talk about Andrew’s Law.
PC Harper was killed on 15th August 2019 after he was dragged for a distance of 1.4 miles behind a car that was being driven at an average speed of 42.5 mph.
PC Harper and his colleague, PC Shaw, had responded to an urgent call for help that was made by someone who had just been burgled by three masked men who were armed with various weapons.
Even though PC Harper and PC Shaw had already worked several hours of overtime, they responded to the call for help despite only being minutes away from finishing their shift.
Henry Long, Jesse Cole and Albert Bowers were the three thieves who had just raided the property in the middle of the night.
Henry Long was driving a getaway car that was towing a £10,000 stolen quad bike that was being steered by Jesse Cole.
As they tried to flee the scene, PC Harper and PC Shaw came head-to-head with their vehicle on a country lane.
Long drove the getaway car around PC Shaw’s police BMW as PC Harper exited the vehicle and ran after Jesse Cole who had ditched the stolen quad bike and who was now running towards the car that was being driven by Long who was described as a ‘career criminal’ during his trial.
As Cole jumped in the Seat Leon, being driven by Long, PC Harper’s foot became tangled in a stolen crane strap that was being used to two the stolen bike.
Following a trial that lasted several weeks, Long was found guilty of the manslaughter of PC HArper who had been married to his childhood sweetheart for just over four weeks.
He was sentenced to 16 years in prison, but after various discounts were applied to his sentence, then he could be out of jail in under ten years.
Cole and Bowers were also found guilty of the much-loved and the highly respected police officer and were both sentenced to 13 years in prison. But after various discounts were applied to their sentences, then they could be out in 9 years or less.
Mrs Adlam is meeting with Priti Patel and the Justice Secretary, Robert Buckland QC, to talk about their efforts to create an ‘Andrew’s Law’.
Once on the statute books, Andrew’s Law UK would mean that anyone who is convicted of killing a blue-light worker would spend at least 20 years in prison, with no discounts being applied to the sentence for age or early guilty pleas.
The sentences which were handed down to Long, Bowers and Cole have been referred to the Court of Appeal by the Attorney General under the Unduly Lenient Sentencing Scheme.
PC Harper had wanted to join the police from a young age and was committed to helping members of the public in the communities where he served.
His violent death, coupled with the attitude of his killers during the trial, shocked the nation. Long, Cole and Bowers were photographed as they laughed and joked with each other after they were found ‘not guilty’ of murder.
Mrs Adlam has always maintained that the three thieves would have known that they were dragging the police officer behind their vehicle as once PC Harper was swung free of the car, that was being erratically driven by Long, then the average speed of the vehicle shot up from 42.5 mph to over 50 mph.
Over 415,000 people have now signed a petition calling for Andrew’s Law with Andrew’s mum, Debbie, providing regular updates as to their progress with the campaign, via their Twitter handle @AndrewsLawUK
The black feather with a ‘thin blue line’ has become a symbol for the Andrew’s Law UK campaign after Andrew’s mum, Debbie, found the rare feather in her back garden whilst she was contemplating what Andrew’s Law UK should seek to achieve and what the proposed law should mean for the legacy and memory of her son.
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