PC Blakelock riot killing: man facing murder rap
A MAN has been charged with the notorious murder of policeman Keith Blakelock during the Broadwater Farm riots in London 28 years ago.
Nicholas Jacobs, 44, would have been just 16 years old when father-of-three PC Blakelock ( below), 40, was hacked to death during rioting on the north London estate in October 1985.
Jacobs is due to appear in court today.
Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: “Following a thorough investigation by the Metropolitan Police Service, we’ve decided that Nicholas Jacobs should be charged with the murder of PC Keith Blakelock.
“We have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to prosecute.
“We have also concluded that no further action should be taken against five other individuals suspected of taking part in the death of PC Blakelock as there is insufficient evidence to warrant a prosecution.”
Last year the Met disclosed that after reviewing the evidence against the suspect, two QCs agreed there is a realistic prospect of conviction – the hurdle which investigators must clear in order to win the backing of the Crown Prosecution Service.
A three-year review into PC Blakelock’s murder, which started in 2000, uncovered leads and resulted in a new investigation in 2003. The probe cost taxpayers millions of pounds and spanned 13 years.