Man cleared of killing Pc Keith Blakelock gives first interview since trial verdict

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THE man cleared of killing Pc Keith Blakelock in the 1985 Tottenham riots has spoken of the anger and disappointment he would feel as a member of the murdered policeman's family.

Nicky Jacobs, who was found not guilty of the murder and manslaughter of the Sunderland-born police officer, said he would be out protesting and demanding justice if he were in their place.

In his first media interview since being cleared on April 9, he said: "I would be outside the courts, petitioning. I would want that (justice).

"But at the same time if I had to sit down in a court for six weeks and hear that so called justice about someone else then I would be angry and disappointed at the system and the establishment my husband died for.

"That's me personally - not taking nothing away from Pc Blakelock's family and how they feel."

Speaking on the BBC's Newsnight programme, he said he was not involved in the killing and that there could be no justification for murder.

A jury at the Old Bailey heard from three witnesses who claimed they saw the then 16-year-old take part in the attack, but his defence team questioned their credibility. After four hours of deliberations, a verdict of not guilty was returned.

Pc Blakelock was attacked and killed in London during riots on October 6 1985.

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