ON THIS DAY: 19 OCTOBER 1989: “The Guildford Four” are released from prison


After serving 15 years in prison, the “Guildford Four” – Gerard Conlon, Patrick Armstrong, Carole Richardson and Paul Hill – are released for the wrongful conviction of the Guildford pub bombings in 1974. It is considered to be one of the biggest-ever miscarriages of justice in Britain.

During the trial of the “Balcombe Street Four” in February 1977, the four IRA members instructed their lawyers to “draw attention to the fact that four totally innocent people were serving massive sentences” for three bombings in Woolwich and Guildford. 

A worldwide campaign led to their release and in 2005, an unprecedented apology from the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair.


Photo: Shows Gerry Conlon being released

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