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Man arrested on suspicion of murdering Peterborough schoolboy Rikki Neave is bailed by police

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Rikki Neave
Rikki Neave

A man arrested on suspicion of murdering Peterborough schoolboy Rikki Neave in 1994 has been bailed by police.

The man in his 30s, from Peterborough, had been arrested from a property in the city on Tuesday (April 19) and taken to a police station in Cambridgeshire where he was questioned by detectives.

A 12-hour superintendent’s extension had been granted to allow for further questioning, and just before 7pm this evening (Wednesday, April 20) he released on police bail until June 15.

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.

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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