Charge over IRA Hyde Park bomb

A man has been charged with the murders of four soldiers in the IRA's 1982 Hyde Park bombing, Scotland Yard said. John Anthony Downey, 61, of County Donegal, Ireland, is accused of being responsible for a car bomb left in South Carriage Drive.

How the 1982 Hyde Park bombing unfolded

Four members of the mounted Royal Household Cavalry were killed when a car bomb exploded near Hyde Park on 20 July, 1982, as they paraded towards Buckingham Palace.

Another 23 soldiers from the Household Cavalry, Blues and Royals, were wounded by shrapnel as the bomb exploded in South Carriage Drive, SW1.

The soldiers, dressed in their ceremonial uniforms, had been due to carry out the "Changing of the Guard".

File photo dated 20 July, 1982, of a police photographer at the scene of the car bomb.
File photo dated 20 July, 1982, of a police photographer at the scene of the car bomb. Credit: PA News/PA Wire

Seven horses were killed or had to be destroyed after the attack.

Later that day, a second bomb exploded under a bandstand in London's Regent's Park during a performance by the Royal Green Jackets military band, killing seven members.

The IRA claimed responsibility for the double bombing.

The allegations made against John Anthony Downey are not related to the second incident, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

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Man charged with 1982 Hyde Park murders due in court

John Anthony Downey, who has been charged with the murder of four soldiers in the 1982 Hyde Park bombing, will appear at at Westminster Magistrates' Court this afternoon, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said:

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Sue Hemming, head of special crime and counter-terrorism at the CPS said, "It is alleged that Downey is responsible for the improvised explosive device contained in a car parked in South Carriage Drive, SW1, London".

The CPS has determined there is "sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that these charges are in the public interest", she continued.

Man charged over 1982 Hyde Park bombing

A man has been charged with the murder of four soldiers in the IRA bombing of Hyde Park on 20 July, 1982, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced today

File photo dated 20 July 1982
File photo dated 20 July 1982 Credit: PA News/PA Wire

John Anthony Downey, 61, from County Donegal, has been charged with the murders of Roy John Bright, Dennis Richard Anthony Daly, Simon Andrew Tipper and Geoffrey Vernon Young, the CPS said.

He has also been charged with intending to cause an explosion likely to endanger life.