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  • http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/2013/03/16/warrington-falls-silent-for-ira-bombing-anniversary-service-100252-33002452/
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    WARRINGTON fell silent today to mark the 20th anniversary of the murder of two boys in an IRA outrage.

    Hundreds of people observed the minute silence as 20 peace doves were released at a moving civic event to commemorate the Warrington bombing, on March 20 1993, which tore through the Cheshire town’s shopping centre, instantly killing three-year-old Johnathan Ball.

    Tim Parry, 12, became the second victim when he died of his injuries five days later.

    * Read More: Colin Parry - only Tim can forgive IRA bombers

    A further 56 people were injured by the two bombs which were placed in litter bins in Bridge Street and exploded shortly after midday that sunny Saturday afternoon.

    No warning was given and nobody has ever been prosecuted for the outrage which took place the day before Mothering Sunday.

    Today’s event on the same street where the bombs detonated was held to commemorate one of the Trouble’s most shocking attacks, which sparked a wave of public outcry in the UK and both sides of the border in Ireland at the deaths of the two youngsters.

    Tim Parry’s parents Colin and Wendy stood near the spot where their son was fatally injured for the moment of reflection.

    The couple have gone on to set up the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace, which has since become an internationally recognised centre for conflict resolution and victim support.

    After the silent reflection Mr Parry, addressed the event, attended by survivors of the bombing along with Mike Penning, Minister of State for Northern Ireland, Alderman William Leathem, the Mayor of Lisburn and local dignitaries and community representatives.



    A terrible atrocity.Whilst I am not condoning what happened the article is not correct as a warning was given. A codeword was given by a man with an Irish accent.
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    Warrington falls silent for IRA bombing anniversary service
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  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warrington_bomb_attacks
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    Shortly before midday on 20 March 1993, telephone help charity The Samaritans received a coded message that a bomb was going to be detonated outside the Boots shop in Liverpool, about 15 miles (24 km) away from Warrington. Merseyside Police investigated, and also warned the Cheshire Constabulary (who patrolled Warrington). About 30 minutes later, at about 12:25,[6][7][8][9] two bombs exploded on Bridge Street in Warrington. The blasts happened within a minute of each-other.[6] One exploded outside Boots and McDonalds, showering fifty children in the restaurant with glass,[10] and one outside the Argos catalogue store.

    The area was crowded with shoppers. Witnesses said that "the first explosion drove panicking shoppers into the path of the next blast just seconds later". It was later found that the bombs had been placed inside cast-iron litter bins, causing large amounts of shrapnel.[9] Buses were organized to ferry people away from the scene and 20 paramedics and crews from 17 ambulances were sent to deal with the aftermath.

    Three-year-old Johnathan Ball died at the scene, while his babysitter survived.[11] The second victim, 12-year-old Tim Parry, who received the full force of the blast, was gravely wounded. He died on 25 March 1993 when doctors switched his life support machine off, having asked permission to do so from his family, after a series of tests had found minimal brain activity.[12] Fifty-four other people were injured, four of them seriously.[2]

    The day after the bombing, the Provisional IRA admitted that its members had planted the bombs. In a statement, it said:
    Responsibility for the tragic and deeply regrettable death and injuries caused in Warrington yesterday lies squarely at the door of those in the British authorities who deliberately failed to act on precise and adequate warnings.[13]
    A day later, an IRA spokesman said that "two precise warnings" had been given "in adequate time", one to the Samaritans and one to Merseyside Police.[7] He added: "You don't provide warnings if it is your intention to kill".[9] Cheshire's assistant chief constable denied there had been a second warning and said: "If the IRA think they can pass on their responsibility for this terrible act by issuing such a nonsensical statement, they have sadly underestimated the understanding of the British public"


     

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