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STATEMENT: PC Harper

Statement from the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, following the verdicts of the trial.

Today three men, Henry Long, aged 19, Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole, both aged 18, have been convicted of the manslaughter of PC Andrew Harper.

The jury had deliberated for over 12 hours before delivering its verdicts, following a four-week trial at the Central Criminal Court in London.

The three men had all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal a quad-bike, along with another man, Thomas King, aged 21 who was not directly involved in the incident which led to PC Harper’s death.

Sentencing will take place at the Central Criminal Court on Friday 31 July.

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, said: "The death of PC Andrew Harper, in such shocking circumstances, was a huge blow to everyone in Thames Valley Police and many in the wider community. I welcome the guilty verdicts in what was a complex case. Manslaughter is an extremely serious offence, which can carry a life sentence, and I await with interest the outcome of the sentencing at the end of the month.

"Our thoughts and condolences go to Andrew's widow and family who have had to live through not only the tragic loss of a loved one, but the media attention that followed and the judicial process to reach today's verdicts.

"I must also offer heartfelt thanks to all the Thames Valley Police Officers and staff who have been involved in the investigation. It is their hard work and dedication to impartially and diligently seek out the truth about that night's events that has led to these convictions.

"Andrew was a dedicated police officer and public servant - killed in the act of doing his job. We will always remember him."