PC Blake­lock riot killing: man fac­ing mur­der rap

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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.

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