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Harry Dunn's family campaign to stop US government putting 1,500 more agents at air base

US spy chiefs are planning a £200 million expansion of RAF Croughton to station an extra 1,500 intelligence officials at the base close to where motorcyclist Harry Dunn died.

The teenager was killed in a collision with a car driven by former CIA agent Anne Sacoolas outside the Northamptonshire facility last August after she drove on the wrong side of the road. She later fled the country.

Now local MP Andrea Leadsom and Harry’s family are campaigning to stop the US Government overhauling the site amid fears about future crashes.

US spy chiefs are planning a £200 million expansion of RAF Croughton to station an extra 1,500 intelligence officials at the base close to where motorcyclist Harry Dunn died. The teenager is pictured above

It is understood RAF Croughton is to become the United States intelligence services’ listening station for the entire African continent, with vast buildings required for the base.

However, residents fear the increase in personnel threatens their lives as more and more American drivers risk accidents in the surrounding area.

There are currently about 250 US military officers on the site, with 140 American defence contractors and a similar number of British Ministry of Defence officials stationed there.

But the plans to quadruple this presence will be challenged in the House of Commons on Thursday, in an emergency debate triggered by Ms Leadsom. 

A Minister will be summoned to the House to explain the UK’s support for the move as the former Cabinet Minister leads calls to stop it.

Last night she told The Mail on Sunday: ‘From the first day that Harry’s family asked me for help I’ve been determined to support them in achieving justice and ensure that this terrible tragedy is not repeated.’

Her support has been welcomed by Harry’s family, who have had an often fraught relationship with the Government in the ten months since the crash.

They are currently taking legal action against Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, whom they blame for allowing Ms Sacoolas to flee the country two weeks after the crash amid evidence that her claim of diplomatic immunity was deeply flawed.

It is understood RAF Croughton is to become the United States intelligence services’ listening station for the entire African continent, with vast buildings required for the base

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