‘Compensation the only form of justice available to IRA victims’

Colin Parry whose  12-year-old son Tim was  killed by an IRA bomb in Warrington 20 years ago
Colin Parry whose 12-year-old son Tim was killed by an IRA bomb in Warrington 20 years ago

The father of a child killed by the IRA in England has said compensation from Libya is vital to secure support services for terror victims.

Colin Parry lost his 12-year-old son Tim, along with Johnathan Ball, 3, when the IRA exploded a bomb in Warrington. Along with his wife Wendy, Mr Parry established the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace following the 1993 atrocity.

As well as establishing the charity in 1995, the Parrys have sought to have those responsible for the deaths face justice – including a civil action against the Libyan regime that supplied the Semtex explosive used in the bomb.

“Tim was murdered 20 years ago but I can still recount the events second by second,” Mr Parry told the Daily Telegraph.

“Not a day goes by that we don’t think how he would have grown up.”

He added: “It is not easy to rationalise how money can compensate for what you have lost.

“But there is no other penalty available than financial.”

The foundation relies on charitable donations to survive and continue its work with many of those affected by the Northern Ireland Troubles who live in Great Britain.

“We support victims of conflict and terrorism and veterans, enabling them to use their traumatic experiences to do something positive and to move forward with their lives. We support young people to turn away from violence, and we work to build stronger communities without prejudice and discrimination,” the foundation said.

Others involved in the pursuit of compensation from Libya include London security guard Jonathan Ganesh who was injured in the bombing of Canary Wharf.

Two people died and more than 100 were injured in the 1996 attack on the capital’s Docklands area.

Mr Ganesh, who set up the Docklands Victims’ Association, has urged Prime Minister David Cameron to negotiate a Libyan compensation package for UK victims.

He said: “The surviving victims of Gaddafi’s sponsored terrorism are running out of time, getting older and suffering worse.”