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Man due in court over IRA murder of four British soldiers at Hyde Park

John Downey was arrested at Gatwick Airport last week and is due before the court later today.

The scene at Hyde Park on 20 July 1982
The scene at Hyde Park on 20 July 1982
Image: PETER KEMP/AP/Press Association Images

A MAN IS due before the Old Bailey in London today charged with the murder of four British soldiers in the 1982 bombing of Hyde Park by the IRA.

John Downey, 61, was arrested at Gatwick Airport last month and is due before a preliminary hearing of the court today.

He is accused of being responsible for the murder of Roy John Bright, Dennis Richard Anthony Daly, Simon Andrew Tipper and Geoffrey Vernon Young – all members of the Royal Household Cavalry who were travelling from their barracks to Buckingham Palace for the changing of the guard.

A nail bomb – hidden in a car – was detonated on South Carriage Drive. The incident was later linked to the IRA.

Downey is also charged with unlawful and malicious use of an explosive substance of a nature likely to endanger life or to cause serious injury.

Read: Donegal man charged with 1982 Hyde Park attack

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