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The M62 Massacre that saw a Stockport woman jailed for life

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This week marked the 50th anniversary of an appalling act of terrorism regarded as one of the worst ever committed on British soil.

On February 4, 1974, a bomb exploded on a coach full of passengers travelling along the M62, killing 12 and injuring 38 others.

The tragedy, sometimes referred to as the M62 Massacre, was caused by a 25lb bomb hidden inside a luggage locker on a coach load of off-duty British soldiers travelling with their families.

The coach had left Chorlton Street bus station in Manchester around 11pm on February 3 and was travelling along the motorway towards Yorkshire.

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