Families of Hyde Park bombing victims sue IRA terrorist for hundreds of thousands in damages

THE families of four soldiers murdered by IRA terrorist John Downey today launch a bid for hundreds of thousands of pounds in damages.

The High Court ruled last year that Downey, 68, was involved in the 1982 Hyde Park car bombing.

Today, a judge will begin considering how much he must pay.

Downey’s Old Bailey criminal trial collapsed in 2014 thanks to a Good Friday agreement deal.

But families launched a civil action and Sun readers raised £85,000 to help.

It is led by Lance Cpl Jeffrey Young’s daughter Sarahjane, 42, who was watching aged four when her 19-year-old dad was blown up.

Other victims were Trooper Simon Tipper, 19, Lieutenant Anthony "Digger" Daly, 23, and Cpl Major Roy Bright, 36.

Downey is on bail in Northern Ireland, accused of killing two more soldiers in 1972.

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