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Harry Dunn’s parents write to Dominic Raab in bid to reach ‘common ground’

Harry Dunn was killed when his motorbike crashed into a car outside RAF Croughton on August 27.

Harry Dunn was killed when his motorbike was involved in a head-on collision with a car outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire (Family Handout/PA)
Harry Dunn was killed when his motorbike was involved in a head-on collision with a car outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire (Family Handout/PA)

By Josh Payne, PA

The parents of teenage motorcyclist Harry Dunn have written to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in a bid to reach “common ground”.

The PA news agency understands that the 19-year-old’s mother Charlotte Charles and father Tim Dunn have requested a further meeting with Mr Raab “urgently” and would attend in “good faith”.

The Foreign Office confirmed on Thursday that Mr Raab had “gladly accepted” the family’s request for a meeting.

Harry’s family said in their letter that their position is that the Foreign Secretary should be approaching them for a meeting, but they have reached out to “find a way forward” after their recent public exchanges.

Last month, Harry’s father travelled to Mr Raab’s constituency in Esher and Walton in order to confront him over his handling of the case.

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Harry Dunn’s father Tim Dunn outside a hustings event attended by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The teenager was killed when his motorbike was involved in a head-on collision with a car outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27.

The suspect in the case, 42-year-old Anne Sacoolas, claimed diplomatic immunity after the crash and was able to return to the US.

Addressed to Mr Raab himself, the letter asks the Foreign Secretary for details about what the Foreign Office has done to help the family and the reasons why their “damaging” meeting on October 9 was allowed to go ahead despite the family being “lured… on a false pretence and that there would be good news”.

The letter seen by PA, written on behalf of the parents by their spokesman Radd Seiger, reads: “I am writing to you on behalf of the parents of Harry Dunn following the recent high profile public exchanges between you and them and in the hope of being able to reach some common ground and to find a way forward.

“Although it is the parents’ position that it is you, their Foreign Secretary, who should be approaching them with updates in this matter, and notwithstanding everything that has gone before, the family are willing to reach out to you again with a view to arranging a further meeting with you urgently.

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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (Victoria Jones/PA)

“If you are willing to meet with them and me, we will attend any such meeting in good faith.”

Addressing what the parents would like the meeting to involve, the letter continues: “You have stated a number of times publicly that you are doing everything in your power to help.

“The family would like a detailed explanation of each and every step you and your team have taken in support of that statement and what the response has been from the American administration.

“The parents would also like a detailed explanation from you as to how that very damaging meeting (on October 9) was allowed to transpire despite us having been lured to the meeting on a false pretence and that there would be good news.

“As you may have heard after the meeting outside your door, the parents were extremely upset with you.

“Having dealt with those difficult yet important issues, then hopefully moving on to a more positive discussion with an update from you please on the current position vis a vis Anne Sacoolas as you and the FCO see it and next steps.”

In a statement a Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: “We have deep sympathy for Harry’s family. We have done and will continue to do everything we properly can to ensure that justice is done.

“The Foreign Secretary gladly accepted the Dunn family’s request for a meeting, he has always said he would be happy to meet the family again.”

PA

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