IRA Hyde Park bomb: John Anthony Downey 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 caption The bomb exploded as the Household Cavalry rode through Hyde Park to the Changing of the Guard

A man accused of murdering four British solders in the 1982 IRA bombing in Hyde Park, London, has appeared in court for a bail hearing.

John Anthony Downey, 61, of County Donegal, Ireland, is charged with the murders of Roy John Bright, Dennis Richard Anthony Daly, Simon Andrew Tipper and Geoffrey Vernon Young.

The four Household Cavalry members were killed on route to Buckingham Palace.

No bail application was made and Mr Downey was remanded until 5 June.

He will then appear at a preliminary hearing before Mr Justice Sweeney at the Old Bailey.

Mr Downey - who was arrested at Gatwick Airport on Sunday - is also charged with intending to cause an explosion likely to endanger life.

During Friday's bail hearing he appeared in the court via videolink from Belmarsh prison.

The bomb that Mr Downey is charged with planting was the first of two that caused carnage in London on that day. In total, 11 people died and 50 were injured by the bombs, which exploded less than two hours apart.

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