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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.

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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:

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.

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