PC Harper's mother says killers are 'adding to pain' with book plans
‘Another slap in the face’: PC Harper’s mother says her son’s ‘remorseless’ killers ‘adding to family’s pain’ by planning to write book behind bars
- Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole reportedly plan to pen a book about their crimes
- PC Andrew Harper’s mother, Debbie Adlam, says it is ‘another slap in the face’
- It’s claimed neither of the teenagers can read or write, but plan to tell their story
The mother of PC Andrew Harper has said it is ‘another slap in the face,’ to hear her son’s ‘remorseless’ killers are adding to her family’s pain by planning to write a book behind bars.
Reports earlier this week suggested a fellow inmate would help Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole, both 18, tell their side of the horrific crime, as neither of them can read or write.
Thames Valley Police officer PC Harper was killed last year when he was dragged behind a car near Sulhamstead, Berkshire, while responding to a burglary.
Bowers and Cole admitted to manslaughter and were jailed for 13 years last month, a third man, Henry Long, 19, was jailed for 16 years.
Speaking on Lorraine this morning, the heroic cop’s mother said of the book: ‘It’s another slap in the face, really, if it’s true.
Albert Bowers (left) and Jessie Cole (right) are reportedly boasting about how much money their book will make them
‘To me it just shows the total lack of remorse, we’ve not seen any remorse anyway but it just further adds to that and the pain we’re suffering as a family.
‘I heard only yesterday of parties going on when the verdicts were going on and the sentencing, and then the appeals.
‘We can’t sit back in grief, everyday seems to bring something new, something more painful. We’re trying really hard to stay strong, but we’re breaking at the same time.’
The traffic constable had been trying to stop the trio, from a travelling community in Reading, getting away with a stolen £10,000 quad bike.
The teenagers whooped and cheered over the videolink from Belmarsh Prison as they were cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter last month.
PC Andrew Harper (pictured with his wife Lissie) was trying to stop the teenagers from stealing a quad bike when they killed him
Sources told the Sun the two killers are ‘strutting around like celebrities’ in the South London jail. Bowers and Cole are ‘loving the attention’ and talking about the money they think their book with will make them, a source said.
But any money made as a result of a crime or in connection to a crime can be confiscated.
Ms Adlam was speaking to Christine Lampard on Lorraine this morning as she campaigns for stronger sentences for those who kill emergency service workers.
She said: ‘There’s no way that Andrew’s going to be the last person to die on duty.
‘It’s for the next person who comes along and anyone else after that, that’s what we’re working towards.
Debbie Adlam said there is ‘no way’ her son, Andrew Harper, will be the last emergency worker to die while on duty
‘What we’re asking for is a minimum of 20 years and upwards if any blue light officer, it doesn’t have to be a police officer, if they can be given a mandatory, 20 years plus sentence. With no option of being reduced for age or early pleas.
‘You need to look after these people. They’re putting their lives on the line every single day and we need to look after them.’
She added her family were ‘on a knife edge,’ as the Attorney General referred the sentencing of all three killers to the Court of Appeal amid calls for harsher sentencing.
At the same time, Bowers and Cole are planning to launch an appeal to reduce their sentence.
Speaking from her home in Oxfordshire, Ms Adlam said it would ‘break Andrew’s spirit,’ to see everything that’s happened since his death last August.
She added: ‘He was a fun loving, adventurous, humorous person, I just think he wouldn’t recognise the world at the moment, it’s changed so much since we’ve lost him, with the Covid issues on top, I dread to think how he would feel.
‘I know he would carry on doing his job, he would be out there pushing forward to try and make things right, that’s what he was about.’
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