IRA 'regrets' bomb deaths

For the first time, the IRA has expressed regret for the deaths caused by the Warrington bomb a year ago today. In a letter to the parents of Jonathan Ball, who was three, Sinn Fein said: 'The killing of your son last year was a tragedy felt by everyone . . . We are seeking the creation of lasting peace which will ensure that no other parents suffer as you do. There have been too many such tragedies.' The letter was in reply to a call for peace from the boy's father, Wilf Ball.

Tim Parry, 12, was also killed in the bombing.