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Monday 11 December 2017

Lawyers urge Guildford bombing probe

The scene of the Guildford pub bombing
The scene of the Guildford pub bombing

Rory Tevlin

Recently released documents concerning the 1974 Guildford IRA pub bombing expose "criminality" by police and prosecutors in the UK, lawyers have claimed.

The bombing led to one of the most infamous miscarriages of justice in Britain after the Guildford Four, Gerry Conlon, Paddy Hill, Paddy Armstrong and Carole Richardson, were wrongly convicted of the atrocity.

The BBC reports that KRW Law said newly released archive material contained "evidence of perverting the course of justice" and demanded a new inquiry be launched. The attorney general said it had not yet received the application. Surrey Police said it was aware of the letter and was awaiting any decisions by the attorney general.

Soldiers Ann Hamilton (19), Caroline Slater (18), William Forsyth (18), and John Hunter (17), died in the blast at the Horse & Groom on October 5, 1974, along with Paul Craig (21).

In a letter to Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC, the law firm urges him to launch a fresh probe into the actions of police and lawyers at the time.

Human rights law firm KRW Law is representing a former soldier who survived the bombing. Spokesman for the firm Christopher Stanley said the ex-soldier, who wants to remain anonymous, still suffers PTSD.

The firm also represents Ann McKernan, sister of Mr Conlon. Mr Stanley said she wanted a new inquiry because her late brother had been falsely imprisoned.

Irish Independent

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