Harry Dunn crash: Police to interview suspect under caution in US

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Image caption Harry Dunn died in hospital after his motorbike was involved in a crash with a Volvo

The suspect in the crash that killed Harry Dunn will be interviewed under caution in the United States, British police have said.

Mr Dunn, 19, died in a crash outside RAF Croughton with a car owned by US citizen Anne Sacoolas, who later left the UK claiming diplomatic immunity.

Chief Constable Nick Adderley said Mrs Sacoolas had requested the interview.

The Dunn family said they had "lost all faith and confidence in both the police and the Foreign Office".

Speaking at a news conference, Mr Adderley said Mrs Sacoolas "wants to be personally interviewed by officers from Northamptonshire Police in order for them to see her and the devastation this has caused her and her family".

"She did not want to provide a pre-prepared statement which is her right to do so," he added.

"We do understand from colleagues in the US that the family is utterly devastated."

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Media captionNorthamptonshire Police Chief Constable Nick Adderley says officers will travel to the US

Mr Adderley said: "This investigation has not stalled, it has not slowed down. The suspect not being in the country clearly frustrates the investigation but it does not stop it."

He also urged the Dunn family's spokesman Radd Seiger "to exercise constraint in his commentary because it is not helpful".

The chief constable added: "A file of evidence has been handed to the Crown Prosecution Service but...that file is incomplete - you can't complete the file until you have an account from the suspect."

In response, Mr Seiger said: "We are glad that he has given a press conference and we will digest what he has had to say and respond.

"But all this noise will only stop when the family sees it is going in the right direction.

"The family have lost all faith and confidence in both the police and the Foreign Office."

Mr Dunn died from his injuries when his motorbike and a car collided outside the RAF station in Northamptonshire on 27 August.

Mrs Sacoolas' husband was reportedly stationed at the base as an intelligence officer.

At the time of the crash she had diplomatic immunity, but both the British and US governments agree that by returning to the US she had forfeited that right.

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Image caption Anne Sacoolas, pictured on her wedding day in 2003, left the UK after the crash

Mr Dunn's mother Charlotte Charles said the family believe the US and UK governments, and Northamptonshire Police are all "at fault" for Mrs Sacoolas leaving the country.

The force has not answered a number of questions the family has put to them about the investigation, she added.

Mrs Charles told BBC Breakfast: "It just seems to be one cover-up and one lie after another.

"We don't seem to be getting the truth from anybody."

Mr Dunn's father Tim said: "We want the government to be truthful, we want the police to be truthful - there's justice in the truth about everything now."

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry has asked for all correspondence between the US Embassy, Foreign Office and Northamptonshire Police to be made public.

After a meeting with the Dunn family earlier, she said she "smelt a rat" and would be "digging" on their behalf.

"My worry is that over the last three years, [the UK Government has] been pulling our punches with the current [US] administration. It's as though we're worried and scared of upsetting Donald Trump. I just think that's the wrong approach," said Ms Thornberry.

"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 crash.

Mr Seiger said the family had been left in tears at the meeting as they felt they were finally being listened to.

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