Man pleads not guilty to killing of Sunderland Pc Keith Blakelock in Broadwater Farm riots

PC KEITH BLAKELOCK ... Nicholas Jacobs today pleaded 'not guilty' to his murder.

PC KEITH BLAKELOCK ... Nicholas Jacobs today pleaded 'not guilty' to his murder.

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A MAN accused of killing PC Keith Blakelock during the Broadwater Farm riots in 1985 has pleaded not guilty to murder at the Old Bailey.

The 40-year-old Sunderland police officer was stabbed as he tried to protect firefighters during unrest in Tottenham, north London.

The officer and his colleague, Pc Richard Coombes, were attacked on 6 October 1985.

Nicholas Jacobs, 45, of Hackney, will face a trial on in March 2014.

He was charged with murder in July.

The disorder was sparked by the death of Cynthia Jarrett, who collapsed and died during a police raid on her home.