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‘Return to UK and talk to us’: Parents of teen killed in crash call on diplomat’s wife

The parents of a British teenager killed in a car crash thought to have involved an American diplomat's wife said they want her to return to the UK to talk to them after she claimed diplomatic immunity.

Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn told Sky News they want Anne Sacoolas to come back to the UK to face them after their son, Harry Dunn, 19, died in hospital following a head-on collision with a car while riding his motorbike.

Police believe Mrs Sacoolas, 42, pulled out on to the wrong side of the road as she emerged from Northamptonshire's RAF Croughton on 27 August.

Sky News named the diplomat's wife on Sunday after earlier revealing a deal gives diplomats and their families at the US spy base diplomatic immunity, despite only London-based US diplomats and their dependents usually being covered.

Image: Harry Dunn. Pic: Facebook

Harry's parents have criticised Mrs Sacoolas for leaving the country and today told Sky News they do not "necessarily" want her to be punished.

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Mrs Charles said: "Come home, come back to the UK. We're not a horrible family, we're a usual UK family that just need to put a face to what we have now is a name.

"Talk to her, find out how she's feeling. She's got to be suffering as well, she's a mum.

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"Without knowing who this person is properly we can't begin to try and start our grieving process.

"We just don't understand from one human to another, one mum to another, how you could just get on a plane and leave behind the devastation she has without even speaking to us, without an apology of any kind?"

Harry Dunn
Image: Harry Dunn

She appealed for Boris Johnson to use the UK's "special relationship" with the US to "its full potential" to get Mrs Sacoolas to return to the UK.

The parents said their MP, Andrea Leadsom, has told them she will fight for them to get justice, while Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has also been helpful.

"If it comes to it we will go to Washington," she said.

"But we don't want it to come to that. We don't see why it should come to that.

"We're not out to keep fighting, we just want to sit and talk with her."

A letter sent to the family from the ambassador
Image: A letter sent to the family from the US ambassador following Harry's death

Mr Dunn said they were struggling to understand how Mrs Sacoolas was given diplomatic immunity and how she could leave the country.

He said: "She was compliant with the police, she admitted at the time she was in the wrong.

"We know from the police she was going to stay in the country, she was permitted to stay here for three years.

"And then we didn't think this would be what is happening, so to hear the news a few weeks after the funeral was devastating."

Mrs Charles said the family are "not coping" and just trying to get through each hour of every day after the death ofRead More – Source

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