GB Brigade series

Naming the prime suspect for the Harrods Christmas bombing

The London Daily News, June 20 1987
Published with blurred photograph of John Connolly

This is John Connolly, whom we can name today as the most wanted terrorist in Britain. He is Scotland Yard's prime suspect for the bombing of Christmas shoppers at Harrods in December 1983.
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Two London bombers due for release from jail in Ireland

The London Daily News, June 23 1987

Two Provisional IRA bombers who are wanted for attacks in London are soon to be released from prison in Dublin, presenting the Irish Government with a tough test of its resolve to fight terrorism. The two men are Patrick 'Flash' McVeigh, 35; and Desmond Ellis, 34.
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How London police uncovered the IRA's Great Britain Brigade

The London Daily News, June 23 1987

The Great Britain Brigade was born out of an IRA disaster. In March 1979, Brian Keenan, who had run the IRA's English operations for four years, was arrested in Belfast and flown to London to face trial for plotting to cause explosions. That winter, in a desperate attempt to get him back, his successor, Richard Glenholmes, led a high-powered IRA team to London, where they laid plans to fly Keenan...

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The foul-ups and loopholes which have let IRA bombers go free

The London Daily News, June 24 1987

Five powerful men sat round the table: the head of Special Branch; an MI5 director; and a trio of civil servants from the Home Office, the Ministry of Defence and the Northern Ireland Office. They had all studied the manila file, marked Top Secret, which lay in front of them.
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Exposing Father Patrick Ryan - priest and senior terrorist

The London Daily News, June 25 1987

In July 1974, a Canadian tourist staying at a hotel in Le Havre decided there was something very odd about the man in the next room. Every morning, he could hear him tuning in to a short-wave radio as if he were trying to pick up a signal. Then he noticed him down in the docks, asking about cargo vessels travelling to Ireland.
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