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Man cleared of UK policeman's murder in 1985 riot

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LONDON (AP) — A slaying that shocked Britain three decades ago remains unsolved, after a jury cleared a man of killing a London police officer during a 1985 riot.

Nicky Jacobs was acquitted Wednesday of murdering Constable Keith Blakelock during unrest on the Broadwater Farm public housing development in north London.

Jacobs, who was 16 at the time, was accused of being among rioters who stabbed Blakelock more than 40 times and tried to decapitate him.

But the jury at London's Central Criminal Court wasn't convinced by a prosecution case that relied on anonymous witnesses granted immunity from prosecution in return for their evidence.

Three men were sentenced to life in prison for the killing in 1987, but their convictions were overturned in 1991 after police were found to have altered statements.

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