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RAF Croughton: Police Chief To Fund Driver Training For Staff At Base

All staff and new arrivals at RAF Croughton are to receive lessons on Highway Code awareness, UK road laws and protocols.

The Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police has promised to fund a driver training programme for US staff at RAF Croughton following the death of teenage motorcyclist Harry Dunn.

Nick Adderley said all new arrivals at RAF Croughton would receive lessons on Highway Code awareness, UK road laws and protocols.

Mr Adderley took to Twitter to announce his new initiative, saying he has "agreed to provide the training for free" for all staff at the base.

Road policing experts from Northants Police will provide the training to "all visiting personnel" at Croughton from 12 March.

It follows an incident last year when 19-year-old Harry Dunn died after his motorbike was in a collision with a car outside the base last August.

The 42-year-old suspect, Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a US intelligence official, claimed diplomatic immunity after the incident and was able to return to her home country.

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Harry Dunn's motorbike crashed into a car outside RAF Croughton on August 27 last year (Picture: Justice4Harry).

Since Mr Dunn's death, Mr Adderley said there have been two incidents of vehicles driving on the wrong side of the road outside the RAF base.

Footage has also emerged of a BMW driver on the wrong side of the road near the base.

In a statement shortly after the video emerged, Mr Adderley said: "I do not underestimate how much of a concerning incident this was and how much worse it could have been, especially considering the circumstances in which 19-year-old Harry Dunn tragically died."

The footage, reported to Northamptonshire Police on Saturday, shows a car with what appears to be a registration number used on US government vehicles in the UK.

Announcing the new plans, Mr Adderley said: "Following a positive discussion with senior officials at RAF Croughton today, I am pleased to announce that Northamptonshire Police (Roads Policing experts) will be providing training to all staff at the base and to all new arrivals at the site for the foreseeable future.

"This is only the beginning and I have agreed to provide that training for free to ensure every member of staff at RAF Croughton receives the input and understands the requirements here in the UK.

"This will include Highway Code awareness, UK road laws and protocols."

Mrs Sacoolas was charged in December with causing Mr Dunn's death by dangerous driving.

Despite the UK making an extradition request for Mrs Sacoolas, the Prime Minister has said the chances of her returning are "very low".

The US State Department has said the UK extradition request for Ms Sacoolas is highly inappropriate and would be an abuse.