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PC Blakelock trial date set

A provisional trial date has been set at the Old Bailey for a 44-year-old man charged with the murder of PC Keith Blakelock during the Broadwater Farm riots in 1985.

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Blakelock investigation continues, 28 years on

PC Keith Blakelock died during riots on the Broadwater Farm estate in Tottenham, north London, on 6 October 1985.

Twenty-eight years later, a new suspect - 44-year-old Nicholas Jacobs - has been charged with the officer's murder.

  • PC Blakelock, 40, was stabbed to death as he tried to protect firefighters tackling a blaze at a supermarket at the height of the unrest
  • Three men - Winston Silcott, Mark Braithwaite and Engin Raghip - were convicted in March 1987 of Blakelock's murder
  • All three convictions were quashed four and a half years later, after forensic tests on pages of key interview records suggested they had been fabricated
  • Scotland Yard reopened the murder investigation in 2003 after a review indicated there were possible new lines of inquiry
  • In 2010, 14 men were arrested in connection with PC Blakelock's death and the attempted murder of his colleague PC Richard Coombes
  • Nine were told in August 2011 that they would face no further action, and the rest except Jacobs have now been released.

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