Man remanded in custody over murder of Sunderland-born Pc Keith Blakelock

MAN CHARGED ... with the murder of Pc Keith Blakelock, who was hacked to death in the Tottenham riots of 1985.
MAN CHARGED ... with the murder of Pc Keith Blakelock, who was hacked to death in the Tottenham riots of 1985.
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A MAN appeared in court today charged with the murder of Sunderland-born Pc Keith Blakelock during the 1985 Broadwater farm riots.

Nicholas Jacobs, 44, is accused of killing the 40-year-old officer, who was stabbed as he tried to protect firefighters as they tackled a blaze at a supermarket during the height of the unrest in Tottenham, north London.

Wearing a grey tracksuit, bearded Jacobs spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth during a short hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

He was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on Friday.

Prosecutors announced yesterday that Jacobs had been charged over Pc Blakelock’s death.

He and his colleague Pc Richard Coombes were attacked on October 6 1985 during the disorder in north London, which was sparked by the death of Cynthia Jarrett who collapsed and died during a police raid on her home.