PC Blakelock murder charge

Nicholas Jacobs, 44, has been charged with the murder of PC Keith Blakelock, from Sunderland, who died in the Broadwater Farm riots in 1985.

Man in court over PC Blakelock murder

by Ruth Banks

A man has appeared in court accused of murdering a police officer from Sunderland in London during the 1980s.

PC Keith Blakelock was stabbed to death in riots at the Broadwater Farm Estate in Tottenham, on 6 October 1985.

Scotland Yard reopened the investigation into the 40-year-old's death. Nicholas Jacobs, now 44, has been charged with murder and appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

Man appears in court over police officer murder

Police officer Keith Blakelock died during riots in Tottenham Credit: PA

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a police officer from Sunderland who was killed during a riot in London during the 1980s.

PC Keith Blakelock died during the Broadwater Farm riot in Tottenham on 6 October 1985. The 40-year-old suffered multiple stab wounds when he was attacked whilst trying to protect fire fighters who were tackling a fire at a supermarket.

Nicholas Jacobs, 44, appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court this morning. He has been remanded in police custody and is due to appear at the Old Bailey on Friday.

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Man charged with murder of PC Keith Blakelock

A man has been charged with the murder of PC Keith Blakelock, from Sunderland, who died during the Broadwater Farm riots in London in 1985.

Nicholas Jacobs will appear before magistrates in Westminster tomorrow.

PC Blakelock died during riots on the Broadwater Farm Estate in October 1985 Credit: ITV

40-year-old PC Blakelock was attacked and stabbed dozens of times as he tried to protect firefighters tackling a blaze at a supermarket during the height of the unrest.

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Elizabeth Johnson, PC Blakelock's widow, lays a wreath at his memorial on the 25th anniversary of his death in October 2010 Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archiv

In 2003, Scotland Yard reopened the murder investigation and in 2010 14 men were arrested in connection with his death and the attempted murder of his colleague PC Richard Coombes.

Nine were told in 2011 they would face no further action. Scotland Yard now says four more have been released from bail.

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'Sufficient evidence' to prosecute for Blakelock murder

The CPS said there is "sufficient evidence" to prosecute Nicholas Jacobs over the 1985 murder of PC Keith Blakelock.

They added there was "insufficient evidence" prosecute five other suspects.

Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said:

Following a thorough investigation by the Metropolitan Police Service, we have decided that Nicholas Jacobs should be charged with the murder of PC Keith Blakelock during the disorder at Broadwater Farm in October 1985.

This decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. We have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to prosecute.

We have also concluded that no further action should be taken against five other individuals suspected of taking part in the death of PC Blakelock as there is insufficient evidence to warrant a prosecution.

– Alison Saunders

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