THE widow of PC Andrew Harper has left a heartbreaking message for her husband on what would have been his 29th birthday.
Lissie Harper said she could feel her loved one with her in spirit, as she laid flowers at their favourite spot.
The Thames Valley Police constable died after he got caught in a strap trailing behind a car on a country road in Berkshire.
The 28-year-old had only been married to Lissie for a month when he was tragically killed in August last year.
The couple had been together for 10 years, and were waiting to go on their honeymoon when the officer died in the line of duty.
‘MY LOVELY BOY’
Writing on Facebook, grieving Lissie said: “Oh my lovely boy, I can’t believe I’m spending this day without you.
“I walked at our favourite spot, I sat in the sun and I remembered all of your special birthdays we did spend together.
“I know you were there with me and will always be in my heart forever more.
“My love is yours always.”
I know you were there with me and will always be in my heart forever more
Mrs Harper shared a beautiful picture of the young couple, from Wallingford, Oxfordshire, alongside flowers she laid.
The pair got engaged in Italy in May 2017, and had their “dream wedding” at Ardington House near Oxford last summer.
She posted the heartfelt tribute on March 22, just a day before the trial against PC Harper’s alleged killers collapsed due to coronavirus.
After three jury members were forced to self isolate, Mr Justice Edis was forced to halt the trial at the Old Bailey.
The judge said he considered a case of “this importance” should be decided by a jury with more than nine members.
He said he was “deeply sorry” to “those who loved” PC Harper for his decision.
The court had heard that PC Harper and a colleague were responding to a report of a quad bike theft near Sulhamstead, Berks.
The brave officer became entangled in a tow rope, and was dragged for more than a mile suffering “catastrophic, unsurvivable injuries”.
Henry Long, 18, of Mortimer, Reading, and two 17-year-olds, who cannot be named, are charged with PC Harper’s murder.
RAY OF LIGHT
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All three deny the charges.
Mr Long has admitted manslaughter and conspiracy to steal a quad bike.
The two 17-year-olds pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal a quad bike. The pair deny manslaughter.