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On Sunday, 4 March 2001 the Real IRA detonated a car bomb outside the BBC's main news centre in the White City area of West London at 0030GMT. Officers were carrying out a controlled explosion on the bomb with a bomb-disposal robot when it went off yards from the front door of BBC Television Centremarker. Staff had already been evacuated after police received a coded warning. A London Underground worker suffered deep cuts and some damage was caused to the front of the BBC building.

As the explosion happened just after midnight some reports of the incident say that it happened on 3 March when in fact it was 4 March.

In November 2001, three men; Noel Maguire, Robert Hulme and his brother Aiden Hulme were arrested in connection with three bomb attacks in the U.Kmarker. The first being outside the BBC on 4 March 2001 the second in Ealingmarker Broadway on 3 August 2001 (See 3 August 2001 Ealing bombingmarker) and the third in Birminghammarker on 3 November 2001. They were all later convicted at the Old Baileymarker on 8 April 2003. Robert Hulme and Aiden Hulme were each jailed for 20 years. Noel Maguire, who the judge said played "a major part in the bombing conspiracy", was sentenced to 22 years.

Two other men, James McCormack, of County Louthmarker, and John Hannan, of Newtownbutlermarker, County Fermanagh, had already admitted the charge at an earlier hearing. James McCormack, who played the most serious part of the five, the judge said, was jailed for 22 years. John Hannan, who was 17 at the time of the incidents, was given 16 years detention.


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