Crimes that Shook Britain

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Crimes that Shook Britain

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Sundays, 4:00 PM EST on Crime Investigation
Tracked 28 Times
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6 Seasons, 36 Episodes
60 Minutes
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Dermot Murnaghan joins us as we uncover the truth behind the crimes that shocked the nation in a brand new and exclusive series of Crimes That Shook Britain. Join us as we shed new light on the chilling crimes that created shock-waves across the country and changed the UK forever. Told through the eyes of those at the heart of the crimes, the new series analyses the events that led to such atrocities before examining the devastating effects that they have left in their wake. Using drama reconstructions, witness accounts, police interviews, archive news pieces and intimate access to victims and families; every episode of this compelling series explores the dark depths of some of Britain’s most infamous and disturbing cases.

SEASON 03 • EPISODE 01

The Omagh Bombing

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On 15th August 1998, in the small village of Omagh in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, a car bomb was detonated in the main shopping street, which is Market Street. Twenty nine people and two unborn babies died as a result. The victims included children, both Catholics and Protestants, tourists both from the Republic of Ireland and Spain and a pregnant woman. Three days after the attacks, the Real IRA (RIRA) claimed responsibility for the attacks. Although one man was charged and convicted with the crime (Colm Murphy, sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2002), he was released in 2005 due to evidence that the Gardai had tampered with his interview. To this day, nobody has been convicted and remains in prison for the crime. There have been allegations of cover-up by the police force both sides of the border, and of a lacklustre performance in the investigation by the then Royal Ulster Constabulary (Now the Police Service of Northern Ireland, or PSNI), and although never formally tried in court, a civil case taken by members of the victim’s families stating that Michael McKevitt, Liam Campbell, Colm Murphy and Seamus Daly were guilty of the bombings, and were held liable for £1.6 million of damages.

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