IRA Hyde Park bomb: Irishman John Downey denies murder charge
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IRA Hyde Park bomb: Irishman John Downey denies murder charge

AN IRISHMAN has denied murdering four British soldiers in an IRA bomb attack in London’s Hyde Park in July 1982.

John Downey, a 62-year-old man from Carrigart,  County Donegal is accused of killing Roy Bright, Dennis Daly, Simon Tipper and Geoffrey Young.

The Household Cavalry members were killed as they rode from their barracks in Knightsbridge to Buckingham Palace.

Mr Downey also denied intending to cause an explosion likely to endanger life.

The bomb he is charged with planting was the first of two that exploded in London on 20 July 1982.

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In the first incident, a nail bomb in a blue planted in a car was detonated as the Household Cavalry members made their way through Hyde Park to the Changing of the Guard parade at Buckingham Palace.

As well as the four men, seven horses were killed and a number of police officers and civilians were injured.

In the second explosion, less than two hours later, seven Royal bandsmen in a Regent’s Park bandstand were killed.

Mr Downey, who was arrested at Gatwick Airport last May, entered the pleas at the Old Bailey.