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October 23, 2019

UK police to interview US diplomat’s wife over fatal crash

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October 23, 2019

LONDON: The US suspect who fled the UK after teenager Harry Dunn was killed in a crash outside an RAF base has asked to be interviewed by British police under caution.

Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a US diplomat, is believed to have been driving on the wrong side of the road when she hit Dunn’s motorbike outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27.

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said she “smelt a rat” over the way the case was handled, and said she would be “digging” on behalf of the family after they visited her on Tuesday.

The spokesman for Dunn’s family, Radd Seiger, said they were in tears as it finally felt like somebody was listening to them following the meeting. After the crash, Mrs Sacoolas fled to the US, claiming diplomatic immunity, which has since been disputed by the lawyers representing the 19-year-old’s family.

Harry’s parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, have made repeated pleas for Mrs Sacoolas to return to the UK to “face justice”, while Seiger has accused the authorities of “further compounding the family’s misery” through “contradictory” actions.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Northamptonshire Police’s chief constable Nick Adderley said the police’s work during the investigation into Dunn’s death was “amongst the best I have ever seen”.

He said: “I will say, as the Chief Constable of the force, having worked in four forces previous to this, I can say that the quality and the standard of investigation that has taken place in this particular case is exemplary — is amongst the best that I have ever seen.”

After the press conference Mrs Charles and Mr Dunn, along with their partners Bruce Charles and Tracey Dunn, met with Ms Thornberry — who on Monday called for all correspondence between Northamptonshire Police, Foreign Office and the US Embassy to be made public.

Speaking after the meeting, the shadow foreign secretary said: “My worry is that over the last three years, we (the UK government) have been pulling our punches with the current (American) administration, it’s as though we’re worried and scared of upsetting Donald Trump. I just think that’s the wrong approach.

“There are times when you just have to stand up for British citizens. For Heaven’s sake, this family have just lost their teenage boy - if we are not going to stand up for parents like this, what are we about these days?”

She accused the Foreign Office of “running around like headless chickens” in the aftermath of the fatal crash. Ms Thornberry added: “It’s like bypassing your humanity, it’s not thinking about the grieving family who have lost a teenage boy.

“It’s not putting them at the forefront of your mind. It’s putting something else, and it’s not good — that’s not how it should be.”

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