Rioters passed Pc Blakelock’s helmet around ‘like a trophy,’ murder jury told

PC KEITH BLAKELOCK ... died trying to protect firefighters during the Tottenham riots.
PC KEITH BLAKELOCK ... died trying to protect firefighters during the Tottenham riots.
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RIOTERS passed a police helmet around “like a trophy” after Pc Keith Blakelock was killed in the Broadwater Farm disturbances, a jury has heard.

A key witness, known as Rhodes Levin to protect his identity, told the Old Bailey that he had seen Nicky Jacobs, 45, attacking the officer on the estate in Tottenham, north London, on October 6 1985.

Levin, who himself admits kicking the police officer “a few times”, said he saw Jacobs kicking and punching Pc Blakelock during the onslaught.

He also claimed he had seen the defendant, who denies murder, carrying a lock knife at the scene with a brown handle and blade of around six inches.

And he said that immediately afterwards Jacobs had told him that he had “got a couple of dukes in” on the policeman.

Levin told the court that at that point he saw a police helmet but could not remember who was holding it.

“They were passing it around, showing it,” he said. “Like I say, it was like a trophy.”

The witness said that days after the attack he had met Jacobs, who again boasted of getting “a couple of stabs” in on the officer.

Levin, who has convictions relating to Class A drugs, was sentenced for affray and handling stolen goods in relation to the riots, the court heard.

He was paid around £5,000 and given immunity from prosecution after providing information to a renewed investigation into Pc Blakelock’s killing in the 1990s.

Police approached him again in January 2008 and since then he has received money for a deposit on accommodation and expenses, the court heard.

The witness said that two or three months after he was interviewed by police in 1985 he had been assaulted at a party in Tottenham and warned not to get involved.

“Somebody called me into the toilets and when I went into the toilets a couple of people blocked off the toilet door,” he said.

“One of the guys smashed a bottle over my head and I managed to struggle my way out of the door.”