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Teenagers guilty of killing PC Andrew Harper

Teenagers guilty of killing PC Andrew Harper

PC Andrew Harper died after his ankles became entangled in a tow strap attached to the car the youths were in
Three teenagers have been found guilty of the manslaughter of PC Andrew Harper, who died after being dragged along a road by a car.PC Andrew Harper died from catastrophic injuries after his ankles got caught in a strap trailing behind a vehicle driven by Henry Long, in August 2019.Long, 19, had earlier admitted manslaughter but was cleared of murder.Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole, both 18, were cleared of murder but found guilty at the Old Bailey of manslaughter.
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All three are due to be sentenced next Friday.
PC Harper was dragged for more than a mile along country lanes in Berkshire after he and a colleague responded to reports of a quad bike theft, jurors heard.
Teenagers guilty of killing PC Andrew Harper

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Henry Long, 19, from Mortimer, Reading and Albert Bowers, of Moat Close, Bramley
The 28-year-old newlywed became "lassoed" to the back of a Seat Toledo after he "unwittingly" stepped with both feet into the loop of a tow rope as he tried to apprehend one of the defendants.Prosecutors said the Abingdon-based roads policing officer was "swung from side to side like a pendulum" after Long sped off to escape the scene.The court heard the Seat travelled for more than a mile towards the A4 before PC Harper became detached and died in the road.
Large axe
Jonathan Laidlaw QC previously told jurors the defendants were prepared to use force "if met with resistance".The trio had a large axe, three crowbars and a hammer and were "plainly determined to steal the quad bike" from a home near Stanford Dingley, Mr Laidlaw said.It was clear they were "intending, if met with resistance, that serious harm would be caused to commit the offence of theft or to secure their escape", the court heard.
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