Regent's Park bombing

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Event.png Regent's Park bombing  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Date12:55 20 July 1982
LocationLondon,  England
Blamed onProvisional Irish Republican Army
Injured (non-fatal)8
DescriptionA 1982 London bombing ascribed but never proved to be the work of the Provisional IRA.

Official narrative

Wikipedia has a single page for both bombings, attributing responsibility to the Provisional IRA - although no one has ever been charged in connection with the Regent's Park bombing,[1] and the only conviction made in the case of the Hyde Park bombing was later deemed "unsafe" due to withheld evidence.[2]


The Regent's Park bombing was the second attack on 20 July 1982 and happened at about 12:55pm, when a time bomb exploded underneath the bandstand in London's Regent's Park. Thirty military bandsmen of the Royal Green Jackets were on the stand performing music from Oliver! to a crowd of 120 people. It was the first in a series of advertised lunchtime concerts there.[3] The time bomb was thought to have been placed under the bandstand weeks in advance, with a timer set to the date and time of the advertised concert.[4]

Six of the bandsmen were killed outright and the rest were wounded; a seventh died of his wounds on 1 August 1982. At least eight civilians were also injured. The bomb had been hidden under the bandstand some while before, and was triggered by a timer. Unlike the Hyde Park bombing, the Regent's Park bomb did not contain nails and seemed to be designed to cause minimal harm to those in the audience. The seven bandsmen who died were Graham Barker, John Heritage, Robert Livingstone, John McKnight, George Mesure, Keith Powell and Laurence Smith.


The Official Culprit

Provisional Irish Republican Army


  1. "1982: IRA bombs cause carnage in London" On This Day
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  3. Chalk, Peter. Encyclopedia of Terrorism. ABC-CLIO, 2012. pp.614–615. ISBN 0313308950
  4. "Hyde Park IRA bombing: 1982 bombing was one of the worst mainland atrocities"
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