PC Andrew Harper’s widow ‘heartbroken’ as she marks his 30th birthday alone

PC Andrew Harper's widow is 'heartbroken' she won't be able to celebrate her late husband's upcoming birthday with him.

The couple tied the knot in August 2019, but the officer died just four weeks after on his final shift before they were set to take their honeymoon.

PC harper, 28, was responding to a quad bike theft with convicted of the same charge after a trial when he was caught in a strap attached to the back of a car.

The vehicle was driving down a winding country road in Berkshire, causing PC Harper to suffer horrific injuries and he sadly died at the scene.

Henry Long, 19, the man driving the car, admitted manslaughter and was jailed for 16 years, while passengers Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers, both 18, were convicted of the same charge after a trial. Cole and Albert were handed 13-year sentences.

Lissie Harper has spoken out about her upcoming late husband's 30th birthday, on Monday, and is determined to change the law in his name.

The 30-year-old said she will mark what would have been a milestone privately, by going for a quiet walk in one of their favourite places with flowers and a flask of tea.

She would have rather taken him away to "spoil" him if he was still alive.

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Mrs Harper said she'll continue to wear the wedding ring she was proud to place on her hand after the pair wed following 13 years together.

Mrs Harper told the PA news agency: "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.

"Everything is different now and that highlights the cruelness of it – he's not going to have another birthday.

"Thirty is such a big one that you do make an effort to spoil them.

"That's what we would have been doing. It would have been a really special day, so it's very bitter to have to spend that without him.

"I would have taken him away, done something special."

She added: "He was never the sort (to say), 'Oh great, I'm getting older'.

"He loved to live – that's why it's so heartbreaking, because of all the people for it to happen to… it's the cruellest."

The Court of Appeal rejected a bid by the Attorney General to increase the sentences of Long and his accomplices.

The decision has emboldened Mrs Harper's campaign for Harper's Law – which will see a mandatory life sentence for those who kill emergency workers due to a criminal act.

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The campaign has been backed by Home Secretary Priti Patel and Justice Secretary Robert Buckland QC.

The departments are working behind the scenes to fine-tune the proposals before it comes to Parliament.

Mrs Harper said: "The people who will be affected by this law are criminals committing a crime – that can only be a good thing to increase the sentence.

"Will I give up? No, absolutely not. It's too important.

"I won't give up until we get there."

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