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The families of victims of an IRA bomb attack in London’s Hyde Park have impounded a rally to strive support for a civil prosecution of the alleged bomber.

Four soldiers were killed by a fingernail rocket as they shaped their route to a Changing of the Guard ceremony at Horse Guards Parade on 20 July 1982.

The 2014 slaying test of John Downey collapsed after it emerged he had been assured he has not been able to be tried.

Relatives now want to raise 620,000 for a civil prosecution of Mr Downey.

Roy Bright, Dennis Daly, Simon Tipper and Geoffrey Young, all from the Royal Household Cavalry, were killed during the two attacks, which remains one of the most important ones unsolved IRA bombings of the Troubles.

Mr Downey, who was convicted of IRA membership in the 1970 s, had been Scotland Yard’s prime suspect for the bombing – but was not expelled from the Republic of Ireland at the time.

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In 2013, he was arrested at Gatwick Airport while en route to Greece, and was subsequently charged with the Hyde Park executions.

Mr Downey, from County Donegal, repudiated slaughter and is planning to generate an blowup likely to endanger life.

However, his experiment at the Old Bailey in central London was halted after it was divulged he had been given an assurance by the UK government that he was no longer wanted.

The assurance was made as part of the contentious “on the runs” scheme.

Giving his judgement on the instance, Mr Justice Sweeney answered Mr Downey had received an official note in 2007 stating that he was not “wanted in Northern Ireland for detention, interrogating or billing by police”.

But the Police Service of Northern Ireland later declared making a mistake by likewise insuring Mr Downey “its just not” “aware of any interest in you by any other police force”, when he remained a believe at Scotland Yard.

The families of those killed in the bombing are now endeavouring the money is payable for a civil prosecution of Mr Downey, and viewed a march in London on Saturday to observe the 35 th anniversary of the attack.

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Supporters marched from Kensington barracks to Wellington Arch in Hyde Park.

Mark Tipper, whose teenage friend Trooper Simon Tipper was among those killed, said his kinfolks had never been given the chance to find out that conducted the attack.

“My brother had only been married a few weeks. It was his first duty back after honeymoon, he was just 19. None could imagine what that poor bride felt like, and 35 years on I know she still hurts, ” he said.

“If that note had not have gone to Downey that ordeal would have continued and he would have been noted either guilty or not guilty.

“We as pedigrees were never given that fortune. All we want to know is that if this follower did it, he will be brought to justice.”

Who are the ‘on the runs’?

They are about 187 former IRA members who had been missed by police during the course of its Troubles, between 1969 and 1998. The signed during the 1998 Good Friday Agreement meant anyone convicted of paramilitary crimes was eligible for early exhaust – but it did not embrace those suspected of crimes or those who had fled from prison. Negotiations persisted between Sinn Fin and the government over how to address these known as “on the runs” after the signature of the agreement. The UK government agreed during 2001 to give assurances that there would be no prosecutions of on the runs if paramilitary organisations continued to support the peace process. Initially, the governmental forces tried pass constitutions to ensure they would not be prosecuted for crimes for which they were wanted. But after facing opposition, authority intermediaries offered characters saying they were no longer craved by police Details of letters sent to on the run only became more widely known in February 2014, following the collapse of Mr Downey’s tribulation.


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