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Families Of Hyde Park Bombing Soldiers 'To Prosecute Ex-Suspect'

Relatives of two of the four members of the Royal Household Cavalry who died in the 1982 blast said they want "justice" for their loved ones...

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Families of soldiers killed in the bombings in London's Hyde Park by IRA members are reportedly taking legal action against a former suspect.

According to The Sun, relatives have filed a civil claim against John Downey, who was initially charged with the murders before the prosecution collapsed in 2014.

The case against the Co Donegal man was ended because government officials mistakenly sent him a letter in 2007, as part of a controversial 'On The Runs' (OTRs) scheme, telling him he was no longer a wanted man.

The families of two of the four members of the Royal Household Cavalry who died in the 1982 blast said they want "justice" for their loved ones.

Mark Tipper, an older brother of Trooper Simon Tipper, told The Sun:

"If we can get this man before the courts in some way, it will show the British public at least still believes in justice. 

"We've been let down again and again by the authorities over the past 35 years and, if I'm honest, at times we've almost given up hope. We just want to get justice for them, no matter how long that takes"

The car bomb left in South Carriage Drive killed Squadron Quartermaster Corporal Roy Bright, 36, Lieutenant Dennis Daly, 23, Trooper Simon Tipper, 19, and Lance Corporal Young and injured others as they rode through Hyde Park to the changing of the guard.

Seven horses were also killed as the soldiers travelled from their barracks to Buckingham Palace. Another horse, Sefton, survived terrible injuries.

The Sun is campaigning for people to donate money to fund the lawsuit.

Cover photo courtesy of David Smith

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