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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.