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Lockerbie shocker.

PAN AM's baggage area at Heathrow was broken into hours before Flight 103 was blown up over Lockerbie, an airport guard claimed last night.

But a statement on the incident made to police by Ray Manly was lost and the crucial information never revealed in court.

Mr Manly, 63, found a padlock cut open, paving the way for a bomb to be planted among luggage ready to be loaded.

The new evidence throws doubt on the murder conviction of Libyan Abdelbaset Al Megrahi, 49.

Prosecutors said the bomb was flown from Malta to Heathrow. The defence said it was more likely planted at Heathrow.

Al Megrahi is serving life for the outrage which killed 270.
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