IRA Hyde Park bomb: John Downey denies murder

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 denied murdering four British soldiers in an IRA bomb attack in London's Hyde Park in July 1982.

John Downey, 62, from County Donegal, Irish Republic, 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 also denied 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.

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 Green Jackets 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. He remains on conditional bail.

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