Suffolk arrest in Pc Blakelock murder

A MAN arrested in Suffolk for the murder of Pc Keith Blakelock during the Tottenham Broadwater Farm riots in 1985 has today been released on bail.

A MAN, arrested in Suffolk for the murder of Pc Keith Blakelock during the Tottenham Broadwater Farm riots in 1985, has today been released on bail.

The 40-year-old man, originally from the Tottenham area of London, was arrested on suspicion of murder on Friday, and taken to Bury St Edmunds police station for questioning.

Father-of-three Mr Blakelock was murdered by a machete-wielding gang 20 years ago during the riots in Tottenham.

The officer and his colleague, Pc Richard Coombes, were attacked as they tried to protect firefighters amidst the spiralling violence.

The violent unrest was sparked by the death of Cynthia Jarret, 49, who collapsed during a police raid on her home.

Three men, Winston Silcott, Mark Braithwaite and Engin Raghip, were convicted of the killing in 1987 but were cleared on appeal.

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Re-opening the case five years ago police released images of Mr Blakelock's blood-stained overalls to provoke witnesses into coming forward.

Investigators have repeatedly said people in the area have information about the identity of the killers they have refused to share with police officers.

A police spokesman added: “Officers from the Metropolitan Police service's Homicide and Serious Crime Command arrested a 40-year-old man on suspicion of the murder of Pc Keith Blakelock in Suffolk on Friday, February 5.

“The man, originally from Tottenham, was taken to Bury St Edmunds police station where he was questioned.

“This year marks the 25th Anniversary since Pc Blakelock was murdered during the Broadwater Farm Riots on October 6, 1985.

“Police would like to reassure anyone who has information regarding those involved in the murder of Pc Keith Blakelock or the attempted murder of Pc Richard Coombes, who was also attacked that night, that they can contact the incident room in confidence on 020 8733 4613.”

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