Provisional trial date for man accused of murdering Pc Keith Blakelock

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

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

Jacobs appeared at the court via video-link from Belmarsh Prison, in south east London, and a provisional trial date was set for March 4 next year.

The case is expected to last up to six weeks.

Wearing a dark blue tracksuit top with stripes down the sleeves and red trousers, Jacobs spoke only to confirm his name during the hearing.

No application for bail was made.