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Saturday, May 15, 1999 Published at 10:04 GMT 11:04 UK


Support for nail bomb victims

Prince Charles visited the scene of the Soho blast

The nail bomb terror
A coalition of gay and lesbian groups has set up a fund to support the victims of the three London nail bomb attacks in Soho, Brixton and in Brick Lane.

Three people were killed in the blasts and more than one hundred were injured.

Organisers of the April Bombing Appeal Fund say they will use the money raised to help the victims of all three bombs.

The BBC's Geeta Guru-Murthy: "The organisers say that this fund will pay for the recovery of those who were injured"
They will be offered support and the fund organisers expect to help pay for artificial limbs and trauma counselling.

The fund will also campaign against prejudice across the whole of society.

The BBC's Geeta Guru-Murthy: "A number of people are still in hospital"
It is being driven by four gay and lesbian groups - including Stonewall - but its organisers say they would like to elect a board of trustees with representatives from the black and Asian communities as well as from the Metropolitan Police.

Already £5,000 has been raised for the appeal, but the organisers have asked for collections to be held in gay bars across the UK on Saturday night.

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