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23/07/2013 12:18 BST | Updated 23/07/2013 12:22 BST

Nicholas Jacobs, 44, Charged With Pc Keith Blakelock Murder During 1985 Broadwater Farm Riots

A 44-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Pc Keith Blakelock who died during the Broadwater Farm riots in 1985, prosecutors have said.

Nicholas Jacobs is accused of killing the 40-year-old officer, who was attacked and stabbed dozens of times as he tried to protect firefighters as they tackled a blaze at a supermarket during the height of the unrest.

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Pc Keith Blakelock was brutally murdered during riots in Tottenham in 1985

Alison Saunders from the Crown Prosecution Service said: "Following a thorough investigation by the Metropolitan Police Service, we have decided that Nicholas Jacobs should be charged with the murder of Pc Keith Blakelock during the disorder at Broadwater Farm in October 1985.

"This decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. 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."

Jacobs will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

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