IRA Hyde Park bomb: John Downey appears in court

Dead horses covered up and wrecked cars at the scene of carnage in Rotten Row, Hyde Park, after an IRA bomb exploded as the Household Cavalry was passing Image copyright PA
Image caption The bomb exploded as the Household Cavalry rode through Hyde Park to the Changing of the Guard

A man has appeared at the Old Bailey charged with the murder of four British soldiers in an IRA bomb attack in London's Hyde Park in July 1982.

John Downey, 61, of County Donegal, Ireland, 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.

Mr Downey is on conditional bail and his trial is due to begin in January.

Wearing a dark suit, white shirt and dark tie, he spoke only to confirm his name as the case was adjourned by the judge, Mr Justice Sweeney.

Mr Downey, who was arrested at Gatwick Airport in May, faces a further charge of intending to cause an explosion likely to endanger life.

The bomb that Mr Downey is charged with planting was the first of two that caused carnage in London on 20 July 1982.

In the first incident, a nail bomb in a blue Austin car was detonated as the Household Cavalry members made their way through the park to the Changing of the Guard parade.

Four men and 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 Green Jackets bandsmen in a Regent's Park bandstand were killed.

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