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Man appears in court over 1982 IRA Hyde Park bomb

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A police convoy carrying suspected IRA bomber John Anthony Downey leaves Westminster Magistrates Court

AN IRISH MAN has appeared before Westminster Magistrates Court charged in connection with the 1982 IRA bomb that killed four British soldiers at London’s Hyde Park.

John Downey, 61, from Creeslough, County Donegal, was flanked by two security officers in the dock for a hearing that lasted 11 minutes this afternoon (May 15).

As reported earlier by the Irish Post, he faces four charges of murder and one of planting a car bomb in Hyde Park on July 20th 1982.

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The Household Cavalry, Blues and Royals, were on their way from their barracks to Buckingham Palace when the device was detonated.

Soldiers Roy Bright, Dennis Daly, Simon Tipper and Geoffrey Young were all killed in the blast.

Mr Downey, wearing trousers, a shirt and v-neck jumper, spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

He was remanded in custody and will appear at the Old Bailey on June 5.

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