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Grieving parents of bus stop crash girl, 15, ordered to stop ‘harassing’ driver

Grief-stricken parents of a tragic 15-year-old girl who died in a horror crash at a bus stop have been given a restraining order to stop them 'harassing' the motorist involved.

Colin and Angela Dawson had publicly campaigned for Richard Brooke, 53, to be prosecuted over daughter Katelyn's death.

She was struck by his car at a bus stop in Huddersfield, West Yorks, but the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) heard Mr Brooke fainted at the wheel and suffered from 'insane automatism'.

They ruled out a prosecution as a result.

Mr and Mrs Dawson have now appeared in court but harassment charges against them were withdrawn.

The couple from Huddersfield had been accused of handing out a petition outside Mr Brooke's workplace and driving slowly past his home and the shop owned by his wife, the court was told.


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Presiding at Bradford Magistrates' Court, District Judge Richard Clews said: "I am confident that everything you did or have done is likely to be a way of expressing or trying to express your grief and a sense of injustice rather than any attempt to deliberately break the law.

"I am acutely aware the resolution of these proceedings is not going to bring to an end your grief, nothing will. I only hope that the passage of time will help."



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But Richard Davies, prosecuting, said: "This is a particularly sensitive case.

"Almost everybody in it is a victim.

"It is not about what has happened, it is about ensuring that it stops in terms of the behaviour of Mr and Mrs Dawson.

"The Crown have suggested a restraining order without Mr and Mrs Dawson being convicted, which has three conditions.

"This is not an order sought by view of punishment, but for the protection of Mr and Mrs Brooke."

The heartbroken couple cannot contact Richard Brooke or his wife, Claire Lomas Brooke, or enter an exclusion zone around their house and work for two years.

They also cannot use social media to contact or share information about Mr and Mrs Brooke.

Kateyn died hours after the crash in January 2018.

She was at the bus stop with several members of the public when the BMW left the carriageway and ploughed into them.

Speaking after the hearing, Mr and Mrs Dawson said: "We are pleased that common sense has prevailed and the harassment charges against us have been dropped.

"We can now focus on the most important matter which is the inquest into Katelyn's death.

"We still have many unanswered questions and hopefully these can be resolved by the coroner." 

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