Andrew Harper's widow's poignant tribute to officer shot dead in Croydon

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Andrew Harper's widow's poignant tribute to officer shot dead in Croydon

Andrew Harper’s widow paid a heartbreaking “Thin Blue Line” tribute to an officer who was shot dead in a Croydon detention center.

Lissie Harper went to Facebook to send a touching message saying, “What is happening to our world?”

She edited her profile picture to add a thin blue line against a black background – a tribute used by many police officers this morning.

The policeman, who died after being shot in Croydon, joins a long list of colleagues killed on duty.

A plaque of honor at the National Police Memorial in London lists all officers who have been killed by crime on duty since 1680.

The list includes more than 1,600 officers who have died doing key tasks such as thwarting terrorists, suppressing rioters, and compiling protests.

Among them was Pc Andrew Harper, who died when he was caught in a tow rope and dragged along country lanes after trying to stop quad thieves in Berkshire in August 2019.

His three teenage killers were exempted from murder but convicted of manslaughter after a trial against Old Bailey.

Lissie Harper, the widow of Pc Andrew Harper, who was killed on duty last year, campaigned for Harper’s Law after its killers were convicted of manslaughter but acquitted of murder.

The 29-year-old met with Secretary General Steve Gillan and Andy Fiddler of the Thames Valley Police Association, who said they were “standing side by side” on their cause.

This follows support from personalities such as Home Secretary Priti Patel, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland, Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds, Shadow Police and Fire Services Secretary Sarah Jones, and Police Superintendents’ Association President Paul Griffiths.

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