Alleged Hyde Park bomber granted conditional bail

A man charged with the murder of four British soldiers in the 1982 Hyde Park IRA bomb blast was granted conditional bail at the Old Bailey yesterday.

John Downey, 61, of County Donegal, was arrested at Gatwick Airport in May.

He is accused of being responsible for a car bomb left in South Carriage Drive which killed the soldiers as they rode through the park to the changing of the guard.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

The explosion injured other members of the Royal Household Cavalry and killed seven horses as they travelled from their barracks to Buckingham Palace.

Downey is charged with murdering Roy Bright, Dennis Daly,
Simon Tipper and Geoffrey Young, and with intending to cause
an explosion likely to endanger

He is due to stand trial at the central London court next year.