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Harry Dunn's stepsister calls on police chief to resign after 'disgraceful' tweet

The stepsister of Harry Dunn has called on the Northamptonshire Police chief to resign after a "disgraceful" tweet he made about her family.

Nick Adderly, Northamptonshire Police Chief Constable, commented on the civil action the family is taking against the woman suspected of killing Mr Dunn, Anne Sacoolas, and Donald Trump, saying: "How sad but how predictable.”

Mr Adderley has since deleted the tweet and apologised. But Harry's parents say that isn't good enough.

Harry Dunn's family have called on a police chief to resign. Credit: PA

In an interview, Larna Harber criticised Mr Adderly's remarks and said the handling of the situation by police had been poor.

Speaking about the tweet, she said: "We were absolutely outraged by it and disappointed. It's our police force that is meant to be supporting us and when he tweeted 'so sad but predictable', you lose a little bit of faith in them.

"In his role, he shouldn't even be tweeting such things. They've gone against us when we're the ones who are suffering here. They are supposed to be on our side, supporting us and guiding us through the next steps.

She added: "After his comment, it's just disgraceful that someone in his role can comment on such a thing when he should be supporting us and we have asked that he resigns from his role."

Ms Harber also criticised Northamptonshire Police's decision to interview Ms Sacoolas while she remained in the US.

She also said her family were only informed of the interview once it had taken place.

She said: "We don't feel it was right that Northamptonshire Police come over to the US to be interviewed.

"She said that her reason for asking them to come over was so they could see the devastation it had caused her and her family."

She added: "If she thinks her family are suffering, what the hell does she think we're going through?"

Speaking to ITV News, Harry's mother expressed her disappointment with the social media post.

"It was really quite shocking. If he meant it in a sincere way towards us then why did he delete the tweet within a minutes of it being put out there?

"Why didn't he just leave it there to then maybe explain himself a little bit in more detail?

"It's just that he's adding insult to injury and it's hard to take."

Chief Constable Nick Adderley and Superintendent Sarah Johnson speaking during a press conference about the death of Harry Dunn. Credit: Jake King/PA

Anne Sacoolas 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 in August.

Radd Seiger, a spokesman for the family, said the tweet was "disgraceful".

"[We were] shocked, disappointed, frustrated, angry but not surprised," he said. "It's adding insult to injury...but that was the straw that broke the camel's back."

In a statement issued by Mr Adderley, he said: "The tweet was in reference to the profound sadness and loss of Harry Dunn, that the spokesperson for the family has been absolutely clear on the next steps in fighting for justice for Harry and that the only recourse for justice that they feel that they have available to them at the moment is through the US civil court system.

“I deleted it with a view to re-writing it with more context but was called away to deal with something else.

“I meant no offence by my tweet and apologise if it has been in any way misconstrued or misinterpreted."

However the family have called on Mr Adderley to resign following the tweet and said in a statement it shows a "staggering degree of unprofessionalism."

Harry Dunn with his newborn niece. Credit: PA

Mr Seiger added: "He has behaved disgracefully, it was unprofessional of him to do so, he had urged everybody at a press conference, including me, to show restraint in public commentary and he also said it was his intention to remain totally impartial.

"Well it's difficult to think of a more partial, biased tweet, which obviously he just blurted out, he then subsequently deleted it quickly, but the damage was done.

"He doesn't want this case around, he doesn't respect the family...and they are absolutely insistent that he has to go."

The family are expected to refer Northamptonshire Police to the Independent Office for Police Conduct over their handling of the investigation.

Spokesman for Harry Dunn’s family Radd Seiger. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, detectives investigating the death of Harry Dunn have interviewed the suspect in the case in the US.

Northamptonshire Police have passed the details of the interview to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for consideration.

Mrs Sacoolas, the wife of a US diplomat, was granted diplomatic immunity after the case, which has since been disputed by the lawyers acting on behalf of the teenager's family.

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Commenting on the tweet, Mr Mold said in a statement: “I know that Northamptonshire Police has throughout sought to investigate Harry Dunn’s death thoroughly and fairly so that the family can find the justice they seek.

"I am sorry that this tweet has distracted from the important work taking place to resolve this tragic situation.

“I am grateful that it was brought to my attention and I have spoken to the chief constable about the need for all force communication – on this and all other issues – to remain professional and sensitive at all times.”

Colin and Larna Harber, with Harry Dunn and his father Tim Dunn. Credit: PA