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A man's been charged with the murders of four soldiers in the IRA's bombing in Hyde Park in 1982. John Anthony Downey, who's 61 and from County Donegal in Ireland, has appeared in court today.
He's accused of killing four members of the Household Cavalry, as they rode from their barracks to Buckingham Palace. We have this report from our Senior Correspondent Ronke Phillips.
The Hyde Park bomb came just over a year after IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands died in the Maze Prison.
The Household Cavalrymen of the Blues and Royals were riding through Hyde Park on their way to the Changing of the Guard when a bomb cut through their ranks.
Four men and seven horses were killed and a number of police officers and civilians were injured.
Less than two hours later, a second explosion in a Regent's Park bandstand killed seven Royal Green Jackets bandsmen.Today's allegations against Downey are not related to this second incident.
In 1987 Northern Ireland electrician Gilbert "Danny" McNamee was charged with making the Hyde Park bomb and jailed for 25 years. He served 12 years before being freed under the terms of the Good Friday peace deal.
In 1998 his conviction was quashed at the High Court, after a high-profile campaign by celebrities including Eddie Izzard. But although his conviction was "unsafe" it did not follow he was innocent of the crime, the judges said.
John Anthony Downey will appear before magistrates this afternoon. Sue Hemming, head of special crime and counter-terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service, said:
John Anthony Downey, 61, of County Donegal, Ireland, is accused of being responsible for a car bomb left in South Carriage Drive. The explosion killed four members of the Royal Household Cavalry as they travelled from their barracks to Buckingham Palace.
He was arrested at Gatwick Airport on Sunday.
Anthony Downey, 61, from County Donegal, is to be charged over the IRA's Hyde Park bombing in London which killed four soldiers on July 20, 1982, the Crown Prosecution Service said today.