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PC Harper murder trial: Officer passed away in ‘shocking circumstances’

PC Harper murder trial: Officer passed away in ‘shocking circumstances’
Image copyright Thames Valley Police Image caption PC Andrew Harper died after his ankles became lassoed in straps attached to a car A police officer was killed in "truly shocking circumstances" when he was dragged for more than a mile by a car on a country road, a court heard.PC Andrew Harper was "swung from…

PC Andrew Harper

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Thames Valley Police

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PC Andrew Harper passed away after his ankles ended up being lassoed in straps connected to a car.

PC Andrew Harper was “swung from side to side like a pendulum” after his ankles got caught in a strap routing behind an automobile driven by 19- year-old Henry Long in Berkshire in August 2019.

Mr Long and guests Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole, both 18, reject murder.

Jonathan Laidlaw QC, prosecuting, said PC Harper, 28, from Wallingford, Oxfordshire, was left with the “most dreadful of injuries … and he died there on the road” after he became entangled in the tow rope.

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Julia Quenzler

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Henry Long and his passengers, Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole, (l-r) reject murder.

Mr Laidlaw said Mr Long then “sped off” and PC Harper was “lassoed” around his ankles.

Mr Long, from Mortimer, Reading, has pleaded guilty to murder however, along with Mr Bowers and Mr Cole, denies murder.

Mr Cole, of Paices Hill near Reading, Mr Bowers, of Moat Close, Bramley, and Mr Long have all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal a quad bike.

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