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article imagePolice to make new charge in Blakelock murder

By Layne Weiss     Aug 19, 2012 in Crime
A man who was under 18 when PC Keith Blakelock was murdered in 1985, will be prosecuted for the crime, one of the most notorious in modern Britain, The Telegraph reports.
According to BBC News, New Scotland Yard never gave up in their search for Blakelock's killer. He was killed 27 years ago during the Broadwater Farm riots .
Blakelock, who was 40 at the time, was attacked after trying to protect firefighters on October 6, 1985. He fell, and a mob screaming: "Kill the Pig" surrounded him, The Press Association Reports. He was stabbed with a machete dozens of times, and the killers tried to decapitate him. The plan was allegedly to parade his head on a pole.
According to The Telegraph, police believe that there is enough evidence to convict the suspect.
The Scotland Yard officially said Friday night that no official decision has been made.
Senior detectives, however, have said the suspect could be charged within weeks.
In 1987, 3 suspects, WInston Silcott, Mark Braithwaite, and Engin Ragship, were found guilty of Blakelock's murder, BBC News reports. Their convictions, however, were overturned about 4 and a half years later after tests conducted on a series of interviews suggested the possibility of fabrication.
Pc Keith Blakelock was killed during the Broadwater Farm riots in 1985
Pc Keith Blakelock was killed during the Broadwater Farm riots in 1985
According to The Telegraph, Silcott accepted 50,000 pounds for compensation, but he remained in prison until 2003 for an unrelated murder.
The Blakelock murder investigation was reopened by Scotland Yard in 2003, Sky News reports. Since then, 10 men have been arrested and questioned about the murder. New forensic tests have also been done on PC Blakelock's clothes and on various machetes.
The evidence gathered in the new investigation is also believed to include new witness statements.
According to BBC News, the new suspect is not one of the three men originally convicted.
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