Liz Truss says damages deal is 'absolutely not' the end in Harry Dunn case

The Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has vowed to continue the fight to get Harry Dunn's alleged killer to return to the UK to face "justice" after his family reached a resolution in a civil claim in the US.

Charlotte Charles, mother of Harry Dunn holding a photograph of him aged 14 Credit: Family Handout/PA

The parents of the teenage motorcyclist, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, and US suspect Anne Sacoolas, reached an agreement in the damages claim on Tuesday.

The Dunn family's spokesman Radd Seiger told the PA news agency a resolution had been "reached successfully between the parties and they can put this part of the campaign behind them".

Sacoolas, who is charged with causing 19-year-old Mr Dunn's death by dangerous driving, was due to give evidence under oath last month as part of the damages claim until a last-minute postponement.

The 44-year-old was able to leave the UK following the fatal road crash outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27 2019, after diplomatic immunity was asserted on her behalf by the US Government.

Liz Truss told reporters an agreement in the damages claim was "absolutely not" the end of the matter.<

Speaking on the train to Washington where she will meet with Joe Biden, Mrs Truss was asked if the resolution of a civil case in the UK was the end of the road for the British effort for Sacoolas's return.

"Absolutely not. We continue to press for justice for Harry," she said.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss Credit: Leon Neal/PA

It's the South West Norfolk MP's first overseas trip in her new role as Foreign Secretary.

The details of the agreement have not been disclosed, but Mr Seiger said a resolution in the civil claim means Mr Dunn's parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, will now turn their focus to the pending criminal case.

Confirming a resolution had been reached in the damages claim, he told PA: "It has come as some considerable relief to them that a resolution to the civil claim has been now been reached successfully between the parties and they can put this part of the campaign behind them.

"It is never easy mounting a legal battle for justice abroad, let alone in the US, but the family's courage and determination to see this through has been incredible.