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Man denies IRA Hyde Park bombing charges

Police photographer at the scene the IRA bomb in Rotton Row, Hyde Park in 1982.

Police photographer at the scene the IRA bomb in Rotton Row, Hyde Park in 1982.

A man has denied murdering four British soldiers in a 1982 IRA bombing in Hyde Park.

John Downey, 61, of Co Donegal, was arrested at Gatwick Airport in May last year and charged over the car bomb which killed the soldiers as they rode through the park to the changing of the guard.

The explosion injured other members of the Royal Household Cavalry and killed seven horses as they travelled from their barracks to Buckingham Palace. Downey appeared in the dock at the Old Bailey yesterday where he formally entered not guilty pleas to murdering Roy Bright, Dennis Daly, Simon Tipper and Geoffrey Young, and a further charge of intending to cause an explosion likely to endanger life. He remains on conditional bail.

 
 
 

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