Harry Dunn’s family 'unable to sue because of police delay’

Lawyers acting on behalf of Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn have said they asked for the report in early January in order to pursue a civil claim against 42-year-old US suspect Anne Sacoolas. The family’s spokesman said the claim is essential in order for them to avoid “financial hardship” – adding that their financial position has been made “repeatedly clear” to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Northamptonshire Police. The suspect in the case, Mrs Sacoolas, the wife of a US intelligence official based at RAF Croughton, claimed diplomatic immunity following the crash and was able to return to her home country, sparking an international controversy. She was charged with causing death by dangerous driving last year but an extradition request submitted by the Home Office was rejected by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in January. “As the Crown Prosecution Service make clear in their own guidance, such requests for disclosure should generally be actioned as soon as possible.” Mr Seiger continued: “The courts recognise the importance of families such as Harry’s being able to bring civil claims early on in order to avoid financial hardship. “We have made it clear that we will be making an application to court in the next few days if it is not disclosed.” In a statement, a spokesman for the force said: “Following the tragic death of Harry Dunn, Northamptonshire Police commenced a criminal investigation.