Still lit­tle jus­tice for fam­i­lies 43 years af­ter IRA trav­esty

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

THE pub bomb­ings hap­pened at the height of a bloody IRA bomb­ing cam­paign on the Bri­tish main­land.

Two pubs, The Mul­berry Bush, in the base of The Ro­tunda, and the nearby un­der­ground bar The Tav­ern In The Town, were de­stroyed by bombs on Novem­ber 21, 1974. Apart from those who were mur­dered, more than 180 were in­jured.

A flawed po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion led to the wrong­ful con­vic­tion of the Birm­ing­ham Six and no-one has been brought to jus­tice.

In July this year, a self-con­fessed for­mer IRA bomber claimed he was in­volved with the group re­spon­si­ble for the Birm­ing­ham pub bomb­ings.

But Michael Christo­pher Hayes re­fused to iden­tify who planted the bombs.

Now 69, he claimed the bombs had not been in­tended to kill. When he heard the death toll, he per­son­ally de­fused a third bomb left on Birm­ing­ham’s Ha­gley Road, he claimed. West Mid­lands Po­lice have asked the BBC for full copies of the in­ter­view be­fore de­cid­ing what, if any, ac­tion to take.

Julie Hambleton, who speaks for cam­paign group Jus­tice4the21, branded Hayes “gut­less and spine­less.”

But she said there was lit­tle point in the new in­quests tak­ing place un­less the is­sue of who planted the bombs is fully in­ves­ti­gated.

The fam­i­lies are seek­ing to raise £100,000 to pay for a Ju­di­cial Re­view in the High Court and have ap­pealed for sup­port.

“We think the Bri­tish pub­lic know that we are be­ing fobbed off,” she said. “We hope they will re­spond to our ap­peal for sup­port be­cause we re­ally need their help.”

Cam­paign­ers have raised £12,000 so far. To sup­port the ap­peal go to www.crowd­jus­tice. com/case/jus­tice4the21/

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