Man charged with bombing that killed cavalry soldiers

Man charged with bombing that killed cavalry soldiers

Justin Burns

Man charged with bombing that killed cavalry soldiers
Combermere Barracks

An Irishman has been charged with a bombing in London in 1982 which killed four members of a regiment part-based in Windsor.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has charged John Downey, of County Donegal, Ireland, today with the bombing in Hyde Park on July 20, 1982.

The 61-year-old has been charged with intending to cause an explosion likely to endanger life and the murder of four soldiers.

Roy Bright, Dennis Daly, Simon Tipper and Geoffrey Young, who were killed in the explosion, were members of the Royal Household Cavalry's Blues and Royals.

They were on their way to barracks at Buckingham Palace.

The regiment's armoured category is based at Combermere Barracks in St Leonard's Road.

CPS say Downey is responsible for the improvised explosive device in a car parked in South Carriage Drive.

Downey is set to appear before Westminster Magistrates Court this afternoon.

*The funeral of Lieutenant Anthony Daly, one of the victims of the Hyde Park blast was held at Windsor's Holy Trinity Church in Claremont Road on July 28, 1982, a week after the tragedy.

He and his wife Nicola had only just returned from honeymoon in Bermuda when he was killed while leading mounted members of the Blues and Royals through Hyde Park.

The 23-year-old's family chose Holy Trinity because it was the Garrison Church of the regiment. Both his father and grandfather had been based in the town.

He was educated at Eton College.

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