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Asbestos alert for emergency workers who dealt with the IRA Brighton bombing in 1984

The Grand Hotel in Brighton was bombed in 1984

People caught up in the IRA bombing of Brighton's Grand Hotel thirty-two years ago are being warned they may have been exposed to harmful asbestos. Five were killed when a blast ripped through the hotel during the Conservative Party conference. A police officer who worked at the scene has now died from an asbestos-related disease. Other rescue workers are being told to seek medical advice, as Malcolm Shaw has our report.


Daughter of IRA bombing victim helps bring offenders and victims together

A woman whose father was killed in the IRA bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton in October 1984, has joined forces with Wiltshire and Swindon's newly elected police and crime commissioner to help victims of crime.

The IRA targeted the Grand Hotel in Brighton in October 1984 Credit: ITV Meridian

Jo Berry's father, politican Sir Anthony Berry, was one of five people killed by the IRA.

Its target was the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her Tory cabinet who were staying at the hotel for the Conservative Party Conference.

Former minister Lord Tebbit was severely injured. His wife Margaret was left paralysed. Mrs Thatcher escaped injury.

Amazingly, in recent years, Jo Berry has become friends with the man who planted the bomb - Patrick Magee.

He served 13 years before being freed early, under the terms of the Good Friday agreement.

She, and him, work together for peace and to encourage restorative justice - where victims meet the perpetrators of the crime as part of the recovery process.

ITV Meridian's Fred Dineneage spoke to her earlier.

Events to mark 30 years since Brighton bombing

A minute's silence has been held to remember the victims of the IRA bomb attack on Brighton's Grand Hotel. Tonight the man who planted the bomb is speaking at a meeting in the city. Today marks the 30th anniversary of the IRA assault on the Tory Party Conference, in 1984. Five people died and dozens were injured. Since his release from prison, Patrick Magee has been reconciled with Jo Berry, the daughter of one of his victims.

Thirty years since IRA planted bomb in Brighton's Grand Hotel

Thirty years ago this week, a massive bomb exploded in Brighton's Grand Hotel during the Tory Party Conference. The attack was the work of the Provisional IRA. Their target - the Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her government. She escaped unhurt, but five people were killed and 31 injured. Malcolm Shaw looks back at that extraordinary night and its legacy.

Sussex artist creating statue for Sefton

Sefton Credit: PA

A life-size bronze statue will be unveiled next year of a horse who became a symbol of the struggle against the IRA after surviving the deadly 1982 Hyde Park bomb atrocity.

The sculpture of Sefton, who survived the blast which left seven of his stablemates and four soldiers dead, was commissioned by the Royal Veterinary College.

The college's artist in residence, Camilla Le May, was tasked with sculpting the black gelding two years ago and has spent six months creating the three quarters of a ton sculpture, which shows him walking briskly.

Ms Le May, 39, from Wadhurst, East Sussex, said: "I had never done a life-size horse before so the opportunity for me was awesome.

"It was quite a challenge and actually quite nerve-racking, but the response has been overwhelming. It's not the same as sculpting a famous racehorse because there is so much sadness behind it.

"All the time I spent on it I got quite attached and I feel closer to the story now."


IRA connections to the Isle of Wight

Two home made bombs thought to be connected to the IRA have been found alongside guns and ammunition at woodland on the Isle of Wight.

The South East Counter Terrorism Unit is investigating after the explosives were found by a dog walker close to Parkhurst Prison last month.

Officers think they could be related to IRA prisoners who were being held on the island in the 1970s and 80s. Martin Dowse explains.

Incendiary devices discovered on the Isle of Wight

Hampshire police have confirmed that they have discovered two guns, ammunition and two home made incendiary devices in a forest on the Isle of Wight.

The items were found by a dog walker in Parkhurst Forest on Friday 24th August.

The South East Counter Terrorism Unit is investigating the finds which were hidden in the forest for several years.

Officers say one line of enquiry is that the weapons are related to IRA prisoners who were held in the Island's jails during the 1970s and 80s.

The police say they don't believe the finds relate to any current criminal activity.