The Daily Telegraph
Your death left a hole in my heart, says Pc Harper’s sister
PC ANDREW HARPER’S teenage stepsister has said his killing has left a hole in the hearts of his family members, in her first statement on his death.
Amelia Adlam said she was angry her brother’s life had been “stolen” and could not believe what her family had been through in the last 12 months – describing it as “absolutely unimaginably painful”.
The 15-year-old said she would miss her older brother forever.
PC Harper was dragged to his death after he was caught in a crane strap as he tried to stop three thieves fleeing after they stole a quad bike in Stanford Dingley, Berks, on Aug 15 last year.
He had only been married for four weeks when he died.
Three teenagers, Henry Long, 19, and 18-year-olds Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers, were recently sentenced for manslaughter in relation to his death. In a statement released by Thames Valley Police, Miss Adlam wrote: “I was left in utter confusion and disbelief that you had gone. I’m angry your life was stolen from you, from us. You didn’t deserve this. You deserved the world and more.
“I will forever miss you, every second of every minute of every hour of every day,” she said. “The hole you have left in our hearts is greater than the room left.”
Debbie Adlam, PC Harper’s mother, has written a letter to Anne Sacoolas, the American woman who fled to the United States after allegedly killing teenager Harry Dunn in a road traffic accident last August.
Ms Adlam, who has become friends with Mr Dunn’s mother, Charlotte Charles, said she wrote the letter because “there is too much suffering going on to sit and do nothing”.