Peterborough man arrested this morning in Rikki Neave murder case

Rikki Neave
Rikki Neave

A man has been arrested in Peterborough by detectives investigating the murder of six-year-old Rikki Neave in 1994.

The man, who is in his 30s and from Peterborough, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody at a police station in Cambridgeshire.

Rikki Neave murder enquiry re-launch at Hinchingbrooke Police HQ with  Detective Supt Paul Fullwood EMN-151106-162516009

Rikki Neave murder enquiry re-launch at Hinchingbrooke Police HQ with Detective Supt Paul Fullwood EMN-151106-162516009

He was arrested in Peterborough this morning by officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit.

Rikki Neave was six-years-old when he was murdered in Peterborough in November, 1994. He was last seen leaving for school at around 9am on the morning of November 28th.

Rikki’s body was found in a wooded area of Eye Road, close to Willoughby Court at 12:05pm the following day - five minutes’ walk from his house in the Welland Estate.

A post mortem examination concluded that Rikki had died as a result of a compression of the neck – strangulation.

Tributes left to Rikki Neave after his death in 1994 ENGEMN00120130730165848

Tributes left to Rikki Neave after his death in 1994 ENGEMN00120130730165848

In June last year (2015), officers from the three-force Major Crime Unit relaunched the investigation into Rikki’s murder with a team of dedicated officers and specialists assigned.

Over the past ten months officers have been methodically building a timeline of Rikki’s last movements and made a national appeal for help via the BBC’s Crimewatch programme.

Anyone with information about Rikki’s death should contact police on 01480 425882 or email operation.mansell@cambs.pnn.police.uk. Alternatively, you can give information anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Tributes left to Rikki Neave after his death in 1994 ENGEMN00120130730165838

Tributes left to Rikki Neave after his death in 1994 ENGEMN00120130730165838