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Man charged over 1982 Hyde Park bomb - UPDATED

22/05/2013

PLEASE NOTE - THIS PROSECUTION WAS STAYED ON 25 FEBRUARY 2014

Sue Hemming, Head of Special Crime and Counter-Terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "The Metropolitan Police Service has been investigating the explosion near Hyde Park in London which occurred on 20 July 1982. We have reviewed the evidence gathered and authorised them to charge John Anthony Downey, 61, of County Donegal, Ireland.

"It is alleged that Downey is responsible for the improvised explosive device contained in a car parked in South Carriage Drive, SW1, London which resulted in the deaths of four members of the Household Cavalry, Blues and Royals, as they travelled on their daily route from their barracks to Buckingham Palace.

"Downey has been charged with the murders of Roy John Bright, Dennis Richard Anthony Daly, Simon Andrew Tipper and Geoffrey Vernon Young. He has also been charged with intending to cause an explosion likely to endanger life contrary to s.3 Explosive Substances Act 1883.

"This decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. We have determined that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that these charges are in the public interest.

"Downey will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court this afternoon, 22 May 2013.

"John Anthony Downey is now charged with criminal offences and has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that nothing should be reported which could prejudice this trial."

The full charges are as follows:
  1. John Anthony Downey, on the 20th day of July 1982, within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court murdered Roy John Bright, Dennis Richard Anthony Daly, Simon Andrew Tipper and Geoffrey Vernon Young. Contrary to common law.
  2. John Anthony Downey, on the 20th day of July 1982, within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court unlawfully and maliciously did an act with intent to cause, by an explosive substance, an explosion of a nature likely to endanger life, or to cause serious injury to property. Contrary to s.3(1)(a) Explosive Substances Act 1883.

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