A court has been shown the moment when police arrest two of the men who are accused of the murder of PC Andrew Harper.
In the bodycam footage below, an officer can be seen to speak to 18-year-old Henry Long moments before officers arrest him.
Long is already in cuffs when officers confirm his details shortly before he is arrested. Also with Long is 18-year-old Albert Bowers.
Bowers was also in the vehicle that dragged PC Andrew Harper to his death at an average speed of 42.5 mph for over one mile.
In the bodycam footage played to the court, Long, who was driving the SEAT Toledo, continues to confirm his details with officers before he is also arrested.
As officers speak to Bowers, and before Long is placed under arrest, Long can be heard to say to officers: “I ain’t done nothing wrong”.
Bowers then gives his details to officers just before the two of them are arrested on suspicion of the murder of PC Andrew Harper.
After being cautioned and when asked if they understand the reason why they have been arrested, Bower’s can be heard to say “yep” as Long is initially silent.
A few moments later, Long can be heard to say: “All this for a load of what?”
The arresting officer then points out once again the reason for his arrest.
A few more words are exchanged before Long says: “Does it look like I have done a murder? – It’s upsetting mate cos you are calling me a murderer”.
Long and Bowers are then led off by officers.
The court has also been shown aerial footage from the National Police Air Service which shows the moment when the police aircrew discovered the SEAT Toledo involved in the incident.
It was around 23:41 hours when the National Police Air Service (callsign NPAS 16) arrived in the airspace above the Four Houses traveller’s site.
By this time, PC Andrew Harpers colleagues were trying desperately to save his life. But the injuries sustained by PC Harper were “incompatible with human life”.
In the NPAS video, officers (ground units) can be heard talking over the radio as they desperately try to locate the vehicle after it made off from officers who found PC Andrew Harper.
The court has heard witness testimony from officers who were involved in the pursuit of the Toledo as it allegedly tried to force them off of the road in a bid to escape.
Officers give the last known location of the vehicle as NPAS search the area for any heat signatures which could be given off by a car that had just been involved in a pursuit.
After a few moments, NPAS 16 informs the control room that it believes it has located the SEAT Toledo that had dragged PC Andrew Harper to his death.
Control room staff then direct ‘all units’ to make their way to the traveller’s site.
An officer, for officer safety reasons, then reminds all units that the suspects had “seriously injured” one of their officers as they make their way to the scene.
What responding officers did not know at this stage (23:45 hours on 15th August 2019), was that PC Andrew Harper would be pronounced ‘life extinct’ at the exact same time that his NPAS colleagues found the SEAT Toledo and the suspects.
Thames Valley Police had asked neighbouring forces to help with their response to the incident, which is common when police forces are dealing with a critical incident.
The NPAS aircrew then guides the officers into where the suspects and the vehicle were located.
The trial continues.
PC Andrew Harper | Born 22nd March 1991 – died 15th August 2019 | #RIP
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