How Scottish street has changed 30 years after Lockerbie bombing

It looks like a sleepy street in any other picturesque Scottish village, with its tidy lawns and neat gardens.

But Sherwood Crescent in Lockerbie was once the site of the worst terrorist atrocity ever seen in Britain.

On the evening of December 21 1988, the lives of eleven neighbours in Sherwood Crescent, aged between 10 and 82 years, were obliterated in an instant when the fuselage of doomed Pan Am flight 103 slammed into Lockerbie.

All 259 passengers and crew perished, including babies as young as two.

As the 30th anniversary of the atrocity approaches, these pictures show the dramatic transformation since the impact.

Kathleen and Thomas Flannigan died alongside their daughter Joanne in number 16. John and Rosalind Somerville were killed in number 15, as were their children Paul, 13, and Lyndsey Ann, 10.

Some of the bodies were never found.

Efforts to rebuild the town began within a year.

The crater caused by the explosion of enough aviation fuel to propel a jumbo jet to New York has been filled.

Controversy remains over the responsibility for the bomb that exploded in a cassette tape loaded into the hold of the aircraft shortly after a London stopover on a journey which began in Frankfurt.

Libyan Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is the only person convicted over the attack, jailed by a special court in the Netherlands in 2001 but released on compassionate grounds by the Scottish government eight years later.

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