Friends of PC Harper's killers post vile messages on Facebook taunting his widow

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Relatives and friends of the killers have posted vile messages on social media praising the three teenagers who dragged PC Andrew Harper to his death.

Henry Long, the 19-year-old ringleader of the criminal gang involved in the horrific incident, was sentenced to 16 years in prison last week.

Along with his accomplices, Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers who were each sentenced to 13 years in a young offender’s institute, Long will be eligible for release after two-thirds of his sentence.

Long’s sister Lenamarie described the trio as “the bravest boys”, and captioned a photo of the gang: “They can lock the locks but they can’t stop the clock. You will be home soon boys don’t worry about that.”

The three were described as 'heroes' in a Facebook post

Another friend of the killers named Helen Louise, who the Sun reports is Long’s cousin, heartlessly crowed: “At least we’ve got them coming home but she has his ashes so she got him at all times.

“They are heroes and will always be our heroes.”

The comments have since been deleted by Facebook.

Lissie Harper implored the Home Secretary to look again at the verdict after allegation of jury tampering

PC Andrew Harper died of "horrific" injuries after trying to arrest the three men for stealing a quad bike.

His widow Lissie, who had been married to him for just one month at the time of his death, said she was "utterly shocked and appalled" after the three were cleared of his murder and were instead found guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.

She has written an open letter addressed to Boris Johnson and Priti Patel asking for her husband's killers to face a retrial.

PC Andrew Harper died of 'horrific' injuries after trying to arrest the three men for stealing a quad bike

In the letter, she describes the trial as "an utter injustice”.

Referencing the allegations of jury tampering during the trial she wrote: "The way in which the trial was conducted, the suspected interference with the jury and the manner in which the defendants behaved was a total disregard for any legal justice system."

Former Justice and Policing Minister Mike Penning has urged Attorney General Suella Braverman to intervene and order a mistrial after allegations that the jury had been influenced by some members of the defendants’ families.

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