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Monday, May 3, 1999 Published at 12:47 GMT 13:47 UK


London bomb suspect remanded

The police van carrying suspect David Copeland arrives at court

A 22-year-old engineer has been remanded in custody in connection with the three London nail bombings.

The nail bomb terror
David Copeland, from Cove near Farnborough, Hampshire, appeared at West London Magistrates Court charged with three murders and three counts of causing explosions with intent to endanger life.

The first went off outside a supermarket in Brixton on April 17, the second a week later in Brick Lane at the heart of London's Bangladeshi community.

The third bomb exploded in a gay pub in Soho on Friday.

Altogether, the bombs killed three people and injured more than 100.

Mr Copeland, dressed in a blue short-sleeved shirt and trousers and with closely-cropped hair, spoke only to confirm his name, age and address at the five-minute hearing.

He is due to appear at Bow Street magistrates court on 10 May.

All the dead were caught in the blast at the Admiral Duncan pub in Soho.

They were Andrea Dykes, 27, John Light, 32, who was best man at her wedding two years ago, and their friend Nick Moore, a 31-year-old office worker.

Mrs Dykes had been pregnant. Her husband Julian, 26, a computer programmer, is one of 19 people still in hospital. Five of them are critically injured.

A spokesman for the University Colleges Hospitals Trust said: "A male patient was moved this afternoon from The Middlesex Hospital in central London to the Queen Victoria specialist burns unit in East Grinstead."



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