A 45-year-old man accused of killing Pc Keith Blakelock during the Broadwater Farm riots in 1985 is expected to enter a plea at the Old Bailey today.

Nicholas Jacobs is charged with the murder of 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.

The case is listed for a Plea and Case Management Hearing to start at 9.30am.

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

A provisional trial date was set for March 4 next year at a hearing in July, at which Jacobs was remanded in custody.

The case is expected to last up to six weeks.