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Thursday, April 8, 1999 Published at 01:45 GMT 02:45 UK


Mardi Gra bomber's final act

Police arrest Edgar Pearce after four years

The BBC has obtained exclusive video footage of the events leading up to the arrest of Edgar Pearce.

Here we take you through some images from the Mardi Gra bomber's four year campaign.

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Pearce's first wave of bombs - targeting Barclays Bank - were accompanied with these fliers which he had prepared on the photocopier at his local library. The message read: "Welcome to the Mardi Gra experience."

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Police communicated with Pearce through classified adverts placed in the personals column of the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

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This was the breakthrough the police were waiting for. They had identified possible target stores for Pearce when he switched his attentions to Sainsbury's.

He was captured on a security camera leaving a bomb in a polythene bag at the side of the road. This was the first time the police had seen the Mardi Gra bomber.

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Pearce and his older brother Ronald used a West London cash machine with a fraudulent card.

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Pearce used a clipboard to screen his face from the bank cameras, but the disguises adopted by him and his brother drew the attention of passers-by.

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The police moved in as the brothers prepared to drive off.

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Police unmasked Ronald Pearce by pulling off the wig he was wearing as part of his disguise.

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