Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'New Charge' in PC Blakelock Murder; Widow 'Aware' of the Latest Investigation

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'New Charge' in PC Blakelock Murder; Widow 'Aware' of the Latest Investigation

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Byline: Kate Proctor

THE widow of murdered policeman Keith Blakelock has been contacted by the team of officers ready to bring murder charges over his savage killing in the Broadwater Farm riots.

Detectives have told Elizabeth Johnson, of West Boldon, South Tyneside, that they are on the brink of prosecuting a suspect who was under 18 at the time of the 1985 riots in Tottenham, north London.

Visibly upset, the mother-of-three said she had been informed of the latest development in the case, which remains one of Britain's most notorious unsolved murders.

She said: "I am in contact with police and they are keeping me up to date. I am aware of the investigation."

Sources informed the Sunday Telegraph that after reviewing the evidence against the new suspect, two QCs agreed there was a realistic prospect of conviction - the hurdle which investigators must clear in order to win the backing of the Crown Prosecution Service.

Officially, Scotland Yard insisted last night that no final decision had been made and that detectives were not yet ready to bring charges.

A spokesman said: "The reinvestigation into the murder of Pc Blakelock is ongoing.

Regular consultation with the CPS has been taking place in relation to this case, as is usual in all such investigations.

"We have not reached a decision regarding any charges against any individual."

It is thought charges could be made against the unnamed suspect within weeks.

Detectives' confidence was said to have been buoyed by the conviction in January of Gary Dobson and David Norris for the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence.

The officers believe that if such a long-standing and legally complex case can be resolved then justice can also finally be secured for Pc Blakelock, who was from Sunderland.

Pc Blakelock, 40, was attacked as he tried to protect firefighters who were tackling a supermarket blaze at the height of the riot on October 6, 1985.

After stumbling, the father-of-three was surrounded by a mob screaming: "Kill the pig".

He was stabbed dozens of times and the machete-wielding killers then tried to decapitate him. …

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