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  • 10 April 2014, 17:08

Blakelock: Man Cleared Of Murder Is Freed

The man cleared of murdering PC Keith Blakelock during the 1985 Tottenham riots has been released from a high-security prison.

Nicky Jacobs, 45, was driven from Belmarsh prison in southeast London in a silver car after his release was delayed for administrative reasons on Wednesday.

Mr Jacobs' lawyer Tony Meisels said his client was "relieved" to be free after a four-year ordeal.

But he demanded an investigation into why the prosecution ever went ahead after a jury at the Old Bailey took just hours to acquit him after a two-week trial.

He said: "Our thoughts are with PC Blakelock's widow and her children. Obviously, they have not seen justice and have been dragged through the process as much as Mr Jacobs has.

"Questions need to be asked at the very highest levels of the Crown Prosecution Service and the police as to why this prosecution was ever brought."

PC Blakelock was attacked by an armed mob after his unit was deployed to protect firefighters tackling a late-night blaze on the Broadwater Farm estate in north London on October 6, 1985.

Mr Jacobs, who was 16 at the time of the riots, was the seventh person to be charged with the officer's murder but no one has been convicted of the killing.

He was kept in custody last night as the administrative offices at Belmarsh jail had closed by the time the verdict was handed down, supporters claimed.

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