Fresh hope has come for victims of the 1996 IRA bombing in South Quay, near Canary Wharf, after a meeting with the Northern Ireland Secretary.

Also online: Read the full story of what happened that day

Theresa Villiers met the leader of the Docklands Victims Association (DVA) in Whitehall on Wednesday, July 15, to discuss a long fought for compensation 19 years after the attacks.

If she keeps her promise to speak to the Justice Secretary to “rectify the situation” then it could mean the victims receive pensions for their injuries or loss of relatives.

The meeting was focussed on the proposed legislation in the Stormont Assembly on pensions for those caught up in the 30-year conflict, which has not included people killed and injured in the rest of the UK.

Jonathan Ganesh from Limehouse, who set up the DVA in honour of his two friends killed in the blast, said this was a huge step forward for victims of IRA attacks.

He said: “I felt pleased that the Secretary of State met with us concerning this matter. The mainland UK victims also need access to this pensions due to their severe disabilities.

“It was sadly wrong of the NI Assembly to disregard those suffering and left severely disabled by terrorism originating from Northern Ireland. All victims of that conflict are equal regardless of race, religion or location.”