Lissie Harper: Police officer’s widow honored alongside famous faces after law change campaign | UK News


The widow of a police officer killed in the line of duty has been made an MBE after campaigning for tougher laws in his memory.

Lissie Harper’s husband, Andrew Harper, a Thames Valley Police officer, died after being caught in a strap attached to the back of a car and being dragged down a winding country road in Berkshire in 2019.

The couple had been married for only four weeks.

Ms Harper successfully campaigned for Harper’s Law – which introduced mandatory life sentences for anyone who commits the manslaughter of an emergency worker while on duty.

She began pushing for a change in the law when the three teenagers found guilty of her husband’s manslaughter were jailed for a total of 42 years after they were all acquitted of murder.

Henry Long, 19, was jailed for 16 years and Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers, both 18, were given 13 years in custody for PC Harper’s death.

Ms Harper’s MBE recognizes her services to victims of violent crime and their families.

Harper’s law took effect last June and applies to police and prison officers, as well as firefighters and paramedics.

Celebrities honored at same Windsor Castle event

Actress Vicky McClure, best known for playing Detective Inspector Kate Fleming in the BBC series Line Of Duty, was also made an MBE for services to drama and charity at the same Windsor Castle ceremony where Mrs Harper was honoured.

The Bafta-winning actress, 40, has been an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society since 2018 and has raised awareness of the disease through her creation of Our Dementia Choir.

Mrs Vicky McClure, actress, is appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire by King Charles III at Windsor Castle, Berkshire.  The honor recognizes services to drama and charity.  Picture date: Tuesday, December 12, 2023. PA Photo.  See PA story ROYAL Investiture.  Image credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
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Actress Vicky McClure has been made an MBE by the King

Vicky McClure after being made a Member of the Order of the British Empire during an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle
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Vicky McClure after becoming a Member of the Order of the British Empire

Conservative MP Michael Fabricant was knighted after being named in former prime minister Boris Johnson’s resignation honors list.

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Sir Michael Fabricant, Member of Parliament for Lichfield, is knighted by King Charles III at Windsor Castle, Berkshire.  The honor recognizes political and public service.  Picture date: Tuesday, December 12, 2023. PA Photo.  See PA story ROYAL Investiture.  Image credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
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MP Michael Fabricant is knighted

Fallon Sherrock, who became the first woman to win a match at the 2019 PDC World Darts Championship, was also made an MBE.

Northern Irish footballer Jonny Evans, former England Women’s Rugby Union captain Sarah Hunter, former England Women’s footballer Eni Aluko and former boxer Johnny Nelson were also awarded MBEs.


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