Belfast Telegraph

Hyde Park accused denies murders

By Jack Brennan

A man has appeared in court charged with murdering four soldiers in an IRA bomb attack in London's Hyde Park in July 1982.

John Downey (62), from Co Donegal, is accused of killing Roy Bright, Dennis Daly, Simon Tipper and Geoffrey Young.

Downey, who was arrested last May at Gatwick Airport, appeared at the Old Bailey in London yesterday where he denied the charges.

The soldiers of the Household Cavalry were killed as they rode from their Knightsbridge barracks to Buckingham Palace.

The bomb that Mr Downey is charged with planting was the first of two that caused mayhem in London on July 20, 1982.

The first device, a nail bomb placed into a blue Austin car, was detonated as the Household Cavalry members made their way to the Palace for ceremonial duites.

Seven horses were also killed in the attack and a number of police officers and civilians were injured.

In the second explosion, two hours after the first, seven Royal Green Jackets bandsmen playing in a Regent's Park bandstand were killed.

He remains on conditional bail.

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