UPDATE: Police granted more time to question Peterborough man arrested in Rikki Neave murder case

Rikki Neave

Rikki Neave

Police have been given more time to question a Peterborough arrested yesterday by detectives investigating the murder of six-year-old Rikki Neave in 1994.

The man, who is in his 30s and from Peterborough, is still being held in police custody on suspicion of murder and faces further questioning from detectives today, Wednesday April 20.

Tributes left to Rikki Neave after his death in 1994 ENGEMN00120130730165838

Tributes left to Rikki Neave after his death in 1994 ENGEMN00120130730165838

A 12-hour superintendent’s extension has been granted, which will give officers up to about 7pm this evening to release or charge the man with a further court ordered extension.

He was arrested in Peterborough on suspicion of murder yesterday 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.

Tributes left to Rikki Neave after his death in 1994 ENGEMN00120130730165848

Tributes left to Rikki Neave after his death in 1994 ENGEMN00120130730165848

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

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.

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