Top cop backs PC Andrew Harper's widow Lissie's campaign to jail emergency worker killers for life

A TOP cop has backed calls for those who kill emergency services workers to be jailed for life.

National Police Chiefs’ Council chairman Martin Hewitt met PC Andrew Harper’s widow Lissie to discuss the proposal.

Referring to the murder of Met Sgt Matt Ratana, he said: “Officers and staff will often place themselves in harm’s way to do their duty and, tragically, that can result in the ultimate sacrifice.

“They deserve the full protection of the criminal justice system, and I support Lissie in driving the consideration on how best this can be achieved.”

PC Harper was dragged to his death by a getaway car after a burglary in Berkshire last year.


Lissie is campaigning for Harper's Law, which would mean those who kill emergency workers – including police, fire or emergency medical workers – are jailed for life.

After all three of PC Harper's killers were spared life sentences, Lissie launched the campaign for a change in the law she said "this country clearly needs".

PC Andrew Harper's killers – Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole, both 18, and Henry Long, 19, were accused of murder but convicted only of manslaughter.

PC Harper, 28, was dragged for more than a mile behind three travellers’ car after getting entangled in a tow rope trying to stop a theft near Reading in August of 2019.

The smirking culprits hugged after the verdicts to cheers from their families.

"Society must offer the greatest protection for those dedicated public servants who are killed protecting it. That is what Harper’s Law would provide. An appropriate deterrent and suitable punishment," Lissie said.

“The law must be changed. We want to work with the Government, politicians of all parties and the fantastic British public on this.”

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