‘They wish to give them again their lives… however ours fell aside’: PC Andrew Harper’s heartbroken mom slams ‘insulting’ £3m plans to re-open traveller website which might convey her head to head with son’s ‘barbaric’ killers


The mummy of PC Andrew Harper has slammed ‘insulting’ council plans to spend thousands and thousands of taxpayer money refurbishing the similar traveller camp the place his ‘barbaric’ killers had been arrested.

Newlywed PC Harper, 28, was once killed via thugs Henry Lengthy, then-18, Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole, each then-17, who dragged him at the back of their automotive for a mile at over 40mph in 2019.

His killers then concealed on the 4 Properties Nook Gypsy and Traveller website close to Ufton Nervet, West Berkshire, the place they destroyed proof and had been later arrested. 

Now, PC Harper’s mom Debbie Adlam, 56, has informed MailOnline of her utter disbelief and fury at Lib Dem-run West Berkshire Council’s plan to spend £3.5million on refurbishing the camp and permitting it to accommodate nearly double the selection of gypsies and travellers.

She fears it will see come face-to-face along with her son’s barbaric killers when they’re launched from prison. 

Debbie stated: ‘They wish to give them [the killers] again their commonplace lives.

‘We will’t get started our lives once more. You’ll’t get started Andrew’s lifestyles once more. Existence for us is rarely, ever, going to be the similar.’

PC Andrew Harper was killed four weeks after he got married, by Henry Long, Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers (pictured, with his wife Lissie on their wedding day)

PC Andrew Harper was once killed 4 weeks after he were given married, via Henry Lengthy, Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers (pictured, together with his spouse Lissie on their marriage ceremony day)

Pictured: PC Harper with his mum Debbie who says West Berkshire Council's plans for a revamped traveller site are 'insulting' to her family

Pictured: PC Harper with his mum Debbie who says West Berkshire Council's plans for a revamped traveller site are 'insulting' to her family

Pictured: PC Harper together with his mum Debbie who says West Berkshire Council’s plans for a remodeled traveller website are ‘insulting’ to her circle of relatives

The council was once set to approve the plans earlier than Debbie pleaded with them to suppose once more, and later Thames Valley Police objected.

A call will probably be made at the proposal later this yr. 

She informed MailOnline: ‘From that making plans side – I feel it is a deep feeling of loss of recognize for any people.

‘They wish to give them again their commonplace lives.

‘We will’t get started our lives once more. You’ll’t get started Andrew’s lifestyles once more. Existence for us is rarely, ever, going to be the similar.

‘It is most probably [the site will] move forward. I will’t see it now not taking place.’

Debbie claimed cops were taunted about Andrew’s loss of life, with yobs suggesting they are going to ‘do every other one’ as they reward his monstrous killers as ‘heroes’

She stated: ‘It is simply so disrespectful. Sure members of the family [of the killers] helped them.

‘Praising how sensible their boys had been. 

‘That is not commonplace human behaviour. That is not the means any respectable human being would react.

‘If they suspect their sons are heroes for killing someone, that speaks for who they’re.

‘That is not commonplace.’

Debbie stated she was once apprehensive that it will handiest be a ‘handful’ of years till her sons killers are launched from prison and she or he may just run into them within the native space.

She stated: ‘All they wish to do is open a spot to are living however it is a utterly disgusting idea, for that to occur.’

Henry Long (left), Jessie Cole (centre) and Albert Bowers (right), were jailed over PC Harper's death. They were found not guilty of murder in a verdict that shocked the nation

Henry Lengthy (left), Jessie Cole (centre) and Albert Bowers (proper), had been jailed over PC Harper’s loss of life. They had been discovered now not in charge of homicide in a verdict that surprised the country

PC Harper's monstrous killers Albert Bowers (left) and Jessie Cole (right), smiling as they are led away in handcuffs

PC Harper’s monstrous killers Albert Bowers (left) and Jessie Cole (proper), smiling as they’re led away in handcuffs

The Four Houses Corner caravan sit has been left derelict but West Berkshire Council wants to spend £3.5m revamping it

The 4 Properties Nook caravan sit down has been left derelict however West Berkshire Council needs to spend £3.5m revamping it

Long, Cole and Bowers were arrested at the site (pictured) in Ufton Nervet, Reading in 2019

Lengthy, Cole and Bowers had been arrested on the website (pictured) in Ufton Nervet, Studying in 2019

Debbie’s son had handiest been married for a month when the courageous officer attempted to forestall Lengthy, Bowers and Cole scouse borrow a quad motorbike in Stanford Dingley. As he chased them, he by accident stepped into the loop of a tow-rope connected to the again of the criminals’ automotive. 

As they sped off, it lassoed his ft and he was once dragged alongside a mile of nation lanes, swinging back and forth as nearly all of his garments had been ripped from his frame. 

The horrific adventure lasted 91 seconds and by the point he got here loose, PC Harper’s now just about bare frame was once so significantly battered {that a} witness to start with idea he was once a deer carcass.

The horrors of the case persevered when his boastful and unremorseful killers giggled throughout the trial, smirked at press cameras or even fell asleep because the jury was once proven photos of the killing.

Then, in verdicts that outraged the country, the 3 had been acquitted of homicide – an consequence met with whoops, cheers and pats at the again from their Traveller neighborhood.

They claimed all alongside that that they had no thought they had been pulling PC Harper at the back of them. 

The trio had been as an alternative convicted of manslaughter. Lengthy, who was once noticed intentionally swerving into verges as he dragged PC Harper’s frame alongside the street, was once sentenced to 16 years in jail, whilst Bowers and Cole each gained 13 years. 

PC Andrew Harper's mother Debbie Adlam

Newlywed PC Harper died in the line of duty in August 2019

Debbie Adlam (left) accused the council of revealing ‘no recognize’ to her son’s reminiscence over the plans for the gypsy website (proper PC Harper)

West Berkshire Council's plan proposes building 17 gypsy pitches with space for two caravans each, car parking and a 30 sqm amenity building with a kitchen, dayroom and bathroom (pictured, a graphic design of the revamped site)

West Berkshire Council’s plan proposes construction 17 gypsy pitches with house for 2 caravans each and every, automotive parking and a 30 sqm amenity construction with a kitchen, dayroom and toilet (pictured, a graphic design of the remodeled website) 

Designs show amenity buildings on the revamped gypsy site in Reading with will cost £3.5m to carry out

Designs display amenity structures at the remodeled gypsy website in Studying with will value £3.5m to hold out 

Describing the heartbreaking second she discovered that her son was once useless, Debbie stated: ‘I used to be in mattress and were given the knock at the door at 4.45am.

‘I got here down and that was once when the entire international fell aside.

‘You do not know what is going on on. I believed he’d been in some more or less coincidence.

‘You simply attempt to to find some way on your head for it to not be true.

‘You’re going to do the rest to imagine it isn’t true.’

She stated the travellers partied for days on the camp after the verdicts and sentencing.

She stated: ‘What we have now noticed from the folk that had been resident there on the time is not anything however appalling. 

‘We’ve had no sense of empathy from their neighborhood in anyway in 4 years.

‘That is from a from a blood relative, pronouncing ”our boys are the heroes”. 

‘In a couple of brief years the folk which are in truth accountable are going to be again at the streets.

‘The folk that experience to police them are a priority to me.

‘There is been considerations with the police in that website for somewhat a very long time. The police were there frequently.

Debbie described her beloved son as  a 'good lad' who always looked out for everyone Pictured: The pair together

Debbie described her loved son as  a ‘just right lad’ who at all times regarded out for everybody Pictured: The pair in combination

Pictured: The travellers' camp near the murder scene in Berkshire before it became derelict

Pictured: The travellers’ camp close to the homicide scene in Berkshire earlier than it changed into derelict

‘They have got had their tyres slashed, their home windows damaged and they have needed to flip up in pairs for their very own protection.

‘I do know in recent years they are ridiculing cops as a result of the loss of life of Andrew.

‘We need to are living realizing these items occur. My worry is for the psychological well being of the officials that may nonetheless have to move up there.

‘A few of the ones individuals are pals of Andrew’s and noticed absolutely the devastation that his frame persevered.

‘Any one who thinks they know the way dangerous this match was once, suppose once more. It was once an terrible lot worse than you realise.

‘I fear for cops’ psychological well being and whether or not they are more likely to have a suicide on their palms as a result of the reopening of this website.’

After PC Harper’s frame in spite of everything changed into freed from the auto, all that remained on him had been his boots, socks and a few ‘shredded remnants of his trousers’. 

The remainder of his garments, together with his police stab vest, were torn from his frame as he suffered ‘catastrophic accidents’.

The policeman was once discovered via his police colleagues and pronounced useless on the scene. 

The camp has lengthy been related to anti-social behaviour, stealing, and now the killing of PC Harper. 

In 2020, the camp was once deserted and the citizens got council houses within reach. 

When MailOnline visited the website this week, it was once overgrown and plagued by garbage, with a 24/7 safety guard camped there.

PC Harper's widow Lissie (pictured)  successfully campaigned for Harper's Law, which means that criminals who kill frontline emergency workers will receive mandatory life sentences

PC Harper’s widow Lissie (pictured)  effectively campaigned for Harper’s Legislation, because of this that criminals who kill frontline emergency employees will obtain necessary lifestyles sentences

Last picture: Andrew and Lissie at their best friend's wedding just four days before his death

Closing image: Andrew and Lissie at their very best good friend’s marriage ceremony simply 4 days earlier than his loss of life

PC Harper and wife Lissie share a touching kiss on their wedding day - just four weeks before he was tragically killed in the line of duty

PC Harper and spouse Lissie percentage a touching kiss on their marriage ceremony day – simply 4 weeks earlier than he was once tragically killed within the line of accountability 

It’s been not up to 5 years for the reason that killing, however West Berkshire Council has now implemented to itself for making plans permission to spend £3.5million on ‘reviving’ the camp.

Debbie has informed the Council she would now not ‘take this mendacity down’.

She stated: ‘I’ve to talk up. [Andrew’s colleagues] stay haunted via the occasions of what they noticed that night time.

‘They have got to are living with what they have noticed. 

‘I’ve to give protection to his reminiscence. We will be able to by no means have the ability to transfer on. That connection to that website will stay at all times for us and for the police neighborhood.’

She added: ‘I feel [the site] will have to be diluted so it isn’t simply the similar other folks in there.

‘There is been a large number of harassment of officials, teasing of officials about Andrew.

‘As a police officer you’re a goal.

‘They are saying issues alongside the traces of ”We will be able to do every other one”.

Appearing MailOnline pictures of her son as a kid, Debbie stated: ‘He was once a laugh and worrying and a jolly boy.

‘He at all times noticed the humorous facet of items. He would at all times be the only ensuring everybody was once k. He was once constructed that means.

‘He favored making a song so much, wasn’t the kind to be grumpy. He was once a just right lad.’

Debbie described her son as a 'fun and jolly boy' who 'wasn't then type to be grumpy'. Pictured, the pair together when Andrew was a child

Debbie described her son as a ‘a laugh and jolly boy’ who ‘wasn’t then sort to be grumpy’. Pictured, the pair in combination when Andrew was once a kid

Discussing her grief, Debbie said: 'People don't realise the depths of how this affects you. Nothing is untouched.' Pictured, Debbie with Andrew as a toddler

Discussing her grief, Debbie stated: ‘Folks do not realise the depths of ways this impacts you. Not anything is untouched.’ Pictured, Debbie with Andrew as a child

Remarking at the trauma of dropping her son, she stated: ‘You suppose you are coping after which abruptly you are now not.

‘Folks do not realise the depths of ways this impacts you. Not anything is untouched.

‘[Andrew’s] were given a nephew now who is by no means going to peer him.

‘He by no means were given to have his personal youngsters.

‘We’re nonetheless the fortunate ones who were given to have him for the time he was once round.’

Since his loss of life, PC Harper’s widow Lisse, 32, has effectively campaigned for Harper’s Legislation, because of this that criminals who kill frontline emergency employees will obtain necessary lifestyles sentences. 

She was once simply 28 and handiest 4 weeks married, nonetheless looking forward to her marriage ceremony video and but to move on honeymoon when her husband was once killed. 

A yr after PC Harper’s loss of life, she spoke to the Mail about her ‘humorous, goofy, kind-natured and nurturing’ husband, who was once her early life sweetheart and the affection of her lifestyles.

She stated: ‘I pass over the entirety about him — the hugs, the kisses, him coming in and scooping me up, giving me love. It is crippling. 

‘We had a honeymoon booked within the Maldives in September, which I needed to cancel, and had been making plans on attempting for a toddler after we were given again.

‘Andrew would were a really perfect dad and having a circle of relatives with him is likely one of the many stuff his killers have taken from me.’

The couple were in combination since Lissie was once 16. His frame was once so mutilated that she wasn’t allowed to peer him after he died. 

Thames Valley Police officer PC Andrew Harper, 28, (right) with a colleague

Thames Valley Police officer PC Andrew Harper, 28, (proper) with a colleague

Police at the scene of the crime where PC Harper's body was discovered at the side of a road near Reading

Police on the scene of the crime the place PC Harper’s frame was once found out along with a highway close to Studying 

PC Harper was dragged behind their car for a mile at over 40mph before he was found dead by the side of the country road (pictured, police at the scene)

PC Harper was once dragged at the back of their automotive for a mile at over 40mph earlier than he was once discovered useless via the facet of the rustic highway (pictured, police on the scene)

Lissie stated: ‘Now not seeing Andrew’s frame after he died has made it even tougher for me to imagine that he is long past. However I sat beside his closed coffin within the chapel of leisure and informed him that I liked him, that the entirety could be OK, and sooner or later we would be in combination once more.

‘I requested if I can have his marriage ceremony ring as a result of I sought after to put on it on a sequence round my neck, however they could not to find it.’

After the decision, Lisse stated she was once ‘completely surprised and appalled’ on the the verdict that noticed Lengthy, Bowers and Cole steer clear of homicide convictions for his or her ‘barbaric’ killing.

She added: ‘Myself and our households will spend the remainder of our days lacking him, loving him and being completely happy with the unbelievable guy that he was once.’

West Berkshire Council’s plan proposes construction 17 pitches on the camp with house for 2 caravans each and every, automotive parking and a 30 sqm amenity construction with a kitchen, dayroom and toilet.

The website would even have a sewage remedy plant and a youngsters’s play space.

Up to now, the website handiest accommodated for 18 unmarried pitches. It way any new website will be able to area on the subject of double the selection of gypsies and travellers.

Invoice Bagnal, the venture supervisor and applicant for the website’s refurbishment, stated the plans had been a ‘affordable steadiness between value and want’.

He stated there was once a ‘criminal proper’ to go back to the website that had a 40-year historical past of use via travellers.

Mr Bagnall stated the £3.5m revival ‘supplies a chance for a contemporary get started and maximises the facility to have the website reoccupied in a tidy, protected and considerate way’.

Native vintage automotive repairman Tony Howard lives a couple of mins from the website and used to hire a box reverse the gypsy camp.

Mr Howard stated he idea cops within the space would concern for his or her lives if the website reopened.

He stated: ‘A large number of cops are scared of them in fact.

‘If a police officer went round there, they only shout you down.

‘You were given just right and dangerous. It is a disgrace as a result of they make it dangerous for the great ones.’

He stated the killing of PC Harper left him distraught.

‘I could not recover from that,’ he stated. ‘They made a laugh of it afterwards. They do not care about anyone apart from for themselves.’

He added: ‘Me and my spouse used to hire the sphere reverse they usually gave us not anything however bother.

‘We had a horse field there. They put a bullet throughout the windscreen.

‘I do not believe [reopening] the website in any respect. I will’t consider what [PC Harper’s] spouse considered that.’

Formal objections to the plans display the size of native disgust on the proposals. 

One native objecting to the plans stated the whilst the camp was once functioning it was once a ‘no-go space for the police’ and stated any proposal to reopen it will have to be rejected because it was once attached with ‘allegations of robbery, threatening and dangerous behaviour’.

Every other stated the plans had been ‘disrespectful, degrading to the general public carrier neighborhood, PC Harper’s circle of relatives and utterly out of contact with large public give a boost to for the police’.

They stated: ‘Coupled without a regret proven and even tried to be proven prior, on the time and after his loss of life you’re utterly out of contact with public feeling and those individuals are guffawing at you as a council for even permitting this to be regarded as.’

Every other native stated: ‘There’s very contemporary and tragic historical past related to this website, particularly PC Harper.

‘I to find it appalling that West Berks would even believe the re-opening of this website taking into account its historical past.’

On the time of the killers’ sentencing, Pauline Anderson, chair of The Traveller Motion, stated: ‘The ones lads are out of the image now. PC Harper’s circle of relatives won’t ever get well. Nor will their households.

‘There is such a lot surprise and horror that this will have to occur – and to anyone within the line of accountability. The alleged loss of regret is unforgivable.’

Thames Valley Police and The Traveller Motion were contacted for remark. 

The Liberal Democrats and West Berkshire Council refused to remark when approached via MailOnline.



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