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Family appeals to McGuinness and Adams over IRA bomb in Birmingham

Julie and Brian Hambleton, brother and sister of Maxine Hambleton who died int he bombing, have started a campaign entitled Justice For The 21.

Julie and Brian Hambleton, brother and sister of Maxine Hambleton who died int he bombing, have started a campaign entitled Justice For The 21.

 

A woman whose sister died in an IRA bomb in Birmingham has appealed to Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness to help find out who was responsible.

Julie Hambleton and her brother Brian were speaking yesterday during their visit to Belfast to seek justice for their sister Maxine. She was one of 19 people murdered by IRA bombs in Birmingham in 1974.

Six men – dubbed “The Birmingham Six” – were found guilty in 1975 but were cleared and released in 1991.

“If Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness can assist us in ascertaining any truth towards us getting justice for Maxine it would be most gratefully received,” Julie told the News Letter.

“Maxine was fun and designed her own clothes. She had just come back from picking grapes in France where she was improving her French. She had also won a place to study law at university. How ironic that the legal system has let her down so badly.”

Julie was only 11 when she was innocently waved into the house by her stepfather to hear the dreadful news.

“You never recover,” she told the News Letter through tears yesterday.

Her brother Brian added: “Maxine was like a mother and sister to us – and so much more.”

He had dropped her in the city centre and she was not home as he expected when he returned. He knew something was wrong.

“I sat in the dark in a chair all night. It has left me a very anxious and insecure person.”

Yesterday they met DUP leader Peter Robinson, who said he would present their dossier to the Prime Minister.

Readers can sign a petition to reopen the bomb investigation at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/42684.

 

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