Families of soldiers killed in the IRA bombing in London’s Hyde Park are reportedly taking legal action against a former suspect in the attack.
Relatives of two of the four members of the Royal Household Cavalry who died in the 1982 blast said they wanted “justice” for their loved ones. Convicted IRA member John Downey was charged four years ago with the murders, which he denied, but the prosecution at the Old Bailey 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. Now Sarahjane Young, daughter of Lance Corporal Jeffrey Young, who was 19 when he was killed, has filed a civil claim at London’s High Court against Mr Downey, The Sun reported. 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.. Family members of Simon Tipper have been in touch with the SBT to raise awareness of this political failure.