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US News Harry Dunn's family to launch legal action against Foreign Office

04:20  25 october  2019
04:20  25 october  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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The family of a teenager killed in a road traffic collision that police believe involved a US diplomat' s wife is launching legal action against the UK Foreign Office over its handling of the incident.

Family also refer Northamptonshire police to watchdog over investigation of son’ s death.

a man standing in front of a brick wall: Harry Dunn was killed in the crash outside the US spy base in Northamptonshire. Pic: Facebook © Other Harry Dunn was killed in the crash outside the US spy base in Northamptonshire. Pic: Facebook

Harry Dunn's family has told Sky News they will take legal action against the Foreign Office over the way the government handled the death of their son.

The teenager's parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, have instructed a top-level legal team to seek a judicial review into the way his case was dealt with.

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Mrs Charles and Mr Dunn have also condemned Northamptonshire Police's decision to send officers to the United States to interview Anne Sacoolas.

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The family of a teenager killed in a road crash involving a US diplomat’ s wife say they are taking legal action against the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) over the way the incident has been handled. Anne Sacoolas, who was driving when 19-year-old Harry Dunn was killed on his motorcycle

The family of Harry Dunn will shortly issue a letter of claim to begin legal action against the Foreign Office and Northamptonshire Police, spokesman Radd Seiger said. Northamptonshire Police will face legal action from the Dunn family following the force' s decision to travel to the US in order to

She is accused of crashing into Harry outside a US spy base as she drove on the wrong side of the road on 27 August, but then left the UK after being granted diplomatic immunity because of her husband's job.

The family are referring the case for review by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

British police confirmed on Tuesday they will interview Mrs Sacoolas under caution in the US after she requested to be interviewed by Northamptonshire Police in her home country.

a close up of a woman: Anne Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity and left for the US © Other Anne Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity and left for the US

Being interviewed under caution means Mrs Sacoolas will have the right not to answer questions if she does not want to - but anything she does say can be used in a legal case.

Chief Constable Nick Adderley said Mrs Sacoolas not being in the country "frustrates the investigation, but does not stop it", and that police had now passed the case on to the Crown Prosecution Service.

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The family of Harry Dunn have announced this afternoon they will take legal action against the Foreign Office over the way the government handled their

The family of teenage crash victim Harry Dunn are launching legal action against the Government over the way it handled the death of their son in Northamptonshire. Announcing plans for legal action against the Foreign Office on Thursday, spokesman for Mr Dunn ' s family Radd Seiger told Sky

He added: "The suspect cooperated with police at the scene and spoke with authorities there. Officers attended the home address of the suspect next day (28 August), and again she fully cooperated."

a man standing in front of a building: Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn travelled to the US to try to persuade Donald Trump to return Mrs Sacoolas © Reuters Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn travelled to the US to try to persuade Donald Trump to return Mrs Sacoolas

Mrs Sacoolas, 43, has offered an apology over the fatal crash outside RAF Croughton, but has been told by Harry's mother Charlotte Charles that "sorry doesn't cut it".

Mr Adderley said Mrs Charles and Harry's father Tim Dunn had acted with "dignity and grace" since the accident, but warned family spokesman Radd Seiger to "exercise restraint in his commentary".

On Monday Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab revealed the US had warned Britain they would remove Mrs Sacoolas from the UK, and police could do nothing to stop her from leaving.

a man riding a motorcycle down a street: Harry Dunn was riding his motorbike when he was hit by a car on the wrong side of the road © Other Harry Dunn was riding his motorbike when he was hit by a car on the wrong side of the road

He said the government position was that Mrs Sacoolas' immunity ended when she left the UK.

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Harry Dunn ' s family is to sue crash suspect Anne Sacoolas, their spokesman in the United States has said. The Dunn family has already launched legal action against the Foreign and Commonwealth Office . They have also referred Northamptonshire Police to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

Legal action has been launched against the Foreign Office by the family of teenage crash victim Harry Dunn which they say could cost them "upwards of £50 A judicial review against Dominic Raab was submitted on Wednesday by the 19-year-old' s parents in a long-running dispute over the Foreign

Last week, Mrs Charles and Mr Dunn travelled to the US in an attempt to pressure authorities to return Mrs Sacoolas.

The visit included talks at the White House with President Donald Trump, during which the family was told that Mr Dunn's alleged killer was in a nearby room and prepared to meet them.

They refused, insisting such an encounter take place in Britain.

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