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31 July 2020 10:43

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The policeman's widow Lissie Harper was among those arriving by car at the Old Bailey on Friday morning. The verdicts were met with anguish from the 28-year-old victim's wife, who said she was "utterly shocked and appalled" at the decision not to convict the teenagers of murder, adding: "I now have my own life sentence to bear and believe me when I say it will be a lot more painful, soul destroying and painful journey than anyone facing a meagre number of years in prison will experience." Mrs Harper has since called on the Government to intervene, despite a retrial being both extremely unusual and unlikely. In an open letter posted on her Facebook page on Tuesday evening, Mrs Harper wrote to Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Priti Patel and former Labour Home Secretary Lord (David) Blunkett urging them and others "to right such a despicable wrong for our country". Lissie Harper called on the Government to intervene (Aaron Chown/PA) Cole dived into the Seat, past Pc Harper's grasp, prompting Long to make off at speeds of 42.5mph, carrying the stricken policeman behind for 91 seconds. (left to right) Henry Long, Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers (Thames Valley Police) Hero PC Andrew Harper's family have arrived at the Old Bailey for today's sentencing of his three teenager killers after they were cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter.

His widow, Lissie Harper, who had only been married to the 28-year-old for four weeks before his death on August 15 last year, was among those seen arriving at court this morning by car. Mrs Harper, also 28, previously slammed the jury's 'utterly shocking and appalling' decision to clear her husband's killers of murder. Henry Long, 19, and 18-year-olds Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers, who were listening via video link from HMP Belmarsh, reacted to the news with hugs and pats on the back. Judge Mr Justice Edis began the sentencing hearing by addressing the court about claims the killers had tried to itimidate the jury. Mr Justice Edis said he had avoided reading reports about the case but had been informed that special measures had been taken to protect the jury.

PC Harper's mother Deborah Adlam (left) and stepfather Phil (right) arriving at the Old Bailey for today's sentencing Lissie, the widow of PC Harper, is pictured outside the Old Bailey in central London on Friday Police mugshots of (left to right), driver Henry Long, 19, and his passengers Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers, both 18 Mrs Adlam said she was 'utterly and bitterly disgusted with the outcome', which she said had 'let down' PC Harper The decision to clear Long, Cole and Bowers of murder sparked fury from PC Harper's family. His widow, Lissie Harper, said: 'I now have my own life sentence to bear and believe me when I say it will be a lot more painful, soul destroying and painful journey than anyone facing a meagre number of years in prison will experience.' She later the Government to intervene, despite a retrial being both extremely unusual and unlikely. Debbie Adlam (pictured with her son) said she was 'disgusted' Henry Long, Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole did not get locked up for murder PC Andrew Harper and his wife Lissie celebrating their wedding at Ardington House in Oxfordshire in summer 2019 Albert Bowers (left) and Jessie Cole (centre) leaving Reading Magistrates' Court on September 19, 2019 His uniform was stripped away and he was found by colleagues unconscious and barely alive in Ufton Lane near the A4 moments later. The Seat Toledo with tow rope and the police car in a similar position at the site of the meeting of the vehicles during the Old Bailey jury site visit to the scene in Sulhamstead on July 1 THE FAMILY of PC Andrew Harper have arrived at court for the sentencing of three teenagers responsible for his death. The policeman's widow Lissie Harper was among those arriving by car at the Old Bailey on Friday morning.

Henry Long, 19, and 18-year-olds Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers will be sentenced later for manslaughter over the death last August. RELATED: LIVE: Sentencing at the Old Bailey of PC Harper killers But the jury cleared the three of murder, prompting hugs and pats on the back between the trio, although Long and Cole later became distressed. The verdicts were met with anguish from the 28-year-old victim's wife, who said she was "utterly shocked and appalled" at the decision not to convict the teenagers of murder, adding: "I now have my own life sentence to bear and believe me when I say it will be a lot more painful, soul destroying and painful journey than anyone facing a meagre number of years in prison will experience." Mrs Harper has since called on the government to intervene. In an open letter posted on her Facebook page on Tuesday evening, Mrs Harper wrote to Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Priti Patel and former Labour Home Secretary Lord (David) Blunkett urging them and others "to right such a despicable wrong for our country". She wrote: "I implore you to hear my words, see the facts that are laid out before us, and I ask with no expectations other than hope that you might help me to make these changes be considered, to ensure that Andrew is given the retrial that he unquestionably deserves and to see that the justice system in our country is the solid ethical foundation that it rightly should be.

It is almost exactly a year since PC Harper and his colleague Pc Andrew Shaw responded to a report of a stolen quad bike from a property in Stanford Dingley, Berkshire, on the night of August 15 2019. They soon came nose-to-nose with the thieves towing the £10,000 Honda quadbike in Admoor Lane, prompting Pc Harper to get out of the police car and chase Cole, who had unhooked the rope between the Seat Toledo getaway vehicle and the stolen Honda. Cole dived into the Seat, past PC Harper's grasp, prompting Long to make off at speeds of 42.5mph, carrying the stricken policeman behind for 91 seconds. He was found by colleagues unconscious and barely alive in Ufton Lane near the A4 moments later. READ MORE: In full: PC Andrew Harper's widow writes letter to PM following manslaughter verdict A fourth defendant, Thomas King, 21, from Basingstoke, had admitted conspiracy to steal a quad bike and is also due to be sentenced at the Old Bailey, before Mr Justice Edis.