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Foreign secretary urges Dunn suspect to return to UK

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Image caption Harry Dunn died in hospital after his motorbike was involved in a crash outside RAF Croughton

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has urged the American woman allegedly responsible for Harry Dunn's death to return to the UK.

Harry, 19, died in a road crash in Northamptonshire in August that led to the suspect, Anne Sacoolas, leaving for the USA under diplomatic immunity.

Mr Raab said a meeting with Tim Dunn, Harry's father, was "constructive" and he was determined to get justice.

Mr Dunn said the talks were more "open" and "friendly" than a previous meeting.

"This was a lot better. He was more engaging, he came across [as] more honest," Mr Dunn said.

Mr Raab said: "I had a constructive meeting with Harry Dunn's family. We are united in our determination to get justice for Harry.

"I appeal to Anne Sacoolas herself to do the right thing. If there is a charging decision from the Crown Prosecution Service, I urge her to come back to the United Kingdom and co-operate with the criminal justice process."

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Image caption Harry Dunn's stepmother Tracey Dunn, father Tim Dunn (centre) and stepfather Bruce Charles earlier met with Northamptonshire's chief constable

Earlier Mr Dunn and family spokesman Radd Seiger held a meeting with Northamptonshire Police Chief Constable Nick Adderley, who sent them a written apology for a "breakdown" in communications.

The family had previously said they had "deep concerns" about the investigation in Mr Dunn's death and had referred the force to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

But Mr Adderley said the "perceived fallout" between himself and the Dunn family had been "a total misunderstanding".

He said: "Certain tweets and conversations and comments that have been made have been completely misconstrued. We spent some time going through all of that.

"So this miscommunication, this breakdown, and I've explained to Radd, and I've written to Radd - it's all in writing in terms of the apology.

"And the same with a tweet that was mentioned, which was calling for resignations, it completely got blown out of proportion."

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Image caption Dunn family spokesman Radd Seiger (left) and Northamptonshire Police Chief Constable Nick Adderley (right) spoke to reporters at the force's headquarters

Mr Dunn died after his motorbike was in collision with a car owned by Mrs Sacoolas outside RAF Croughton, where her husband Jonathan was an intelligence officer.

Mrs Sacoolas, 42, left the UK and returned to her native US, claiming diplomatic immunity.

The meeting at Northamptonshire Police's headquarters at Wootton Hall also included Harry Dunn's stepmother Tracey Dunn and stepfather Bruce Charles.

But the teenager's mother, Charlotte Charles was unable to attend because she was "just in bits" according to Mr Seiger.

Mrs Sacoolas was filmed driving in the US by ITV News, and Mr Seiger said that when Mrs Charles saw that she "just collapsed in a heap".

He said: "I've struggled to pick her up ever since. Utterly devastating."

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