Blakelock accused to enter plea

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Nicholas Jacobs appearing at the Old Bailey in London in July, via video-link from Belmarsh prison, where he is charged with the murder of Pc Keith Blakelock during the Broadwater Farm riots in 1985.

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Nicholas Jacobs appearing at the Old Bailey in London in July, via video-link from Belmarsh prison, where he is charged with the murder of Pc Keith Blakelock during the Broadwater Farm riots in 1985.

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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.

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