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October 6th, 2010

A sad anniversary

Posted in The Job - General by 200

Twenty five years ago today one of the worst murders of a police officer in modern history occurred in the alleyways of the Broadwater Farm estate in Tottenham.

PC Kieth Blakelock was cornered by a group of savage animals who proceeded to stab him to death. He was hacked to death & found to have dozens of stab wounds. A few years ago I visited the Met’s Black museum up at New Scotland Yard where PC Blakelock’s uniform tunic was on display. It may still be there as a reminder to generations of young police officers of the risks they take every time they put on the blue  suit.

The anniversary of the officer’s death is marked every year on the spot where he fell. Today there was a special ceremony which included members of the officer’s family who have yet, 25 years later, to see justice for Keith; whilst 3 people were convicted of his murder, they were cleared on appeal.

So far, nobody else has been charged with the crime though the investigation is still open & we learned today that so far this year 10 people have been arrested in connection with the crime.

My thoughts go out to Pc Blakelock & his family & to the team still trying to secure a conviction in the case.