Family of Harry Dunn ‘treated like dirt on bottom of shoe’, Report

Family of Harry Dunn 'treated like dirt on bottom of shoe', Report
Family of Harry Dunn 'treated like dirt on bottom of shoe', Report

The parents of Harry Dunn have accused the British and American authorities of treating them like “the dirt on the bottom of shoes”.

Tim Dunn and Charlotte Charles, whose son Harry died in August, said condolences from the governments were “nothing but empty words” amid their three-month-long saga which has taken them to the White House

Anne Sacoolas, the wife of an American intelligence officer, is believed to have been driving on the wrong side of the road when she hit 19-year-old Mr Dunn’s motorbike outside RAF Croughton on August 27.

Mrs Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity after the incident and returned to the US, sparking an international controversy.

In an open letter to the UK and US authorities, Crown Prosecution Service and Mrs Sacoolas, Mr Dunn and Ms Charles said: “You have treated us like we are dirt on the bottom of your shoes and we simply do not understand why.

“Anne Sacoolas should never have been allowed to leave and you robbed us of our right to seek justice.”

A legal claim against the FCO was issued by Harry’s family on October 25 and alleged the granting of diplomatic immunity to Mrs Sacoolas was “wrong in law”.

The Foreign Office has previously said it would oppose the family’s legal action and would seek legal costs from them.

They said in a letter to the family: “In the event that the claim is issued, it will be defended, the application for permission will be opposed, and the secretary of state will seek his costs for doing so.”