Detectives re-open case into murder of Rikki Neave 21 years after his death

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Detectives have re-opened the investigation into the shocking murder of six-year-old Rikki Neave in Peterborough 21 years after his death.

Rikki’s body was found strangled and dumped in a ditch 500 yards from their home in Redmile Walk, in Welland, on November 28, 1994.

In August last year Cambridgeshire police reviewed the case before deciding there was not enough evidence for a fresh investigation.

They had previously reviewed the case a year earlier and had reached the same conclusion.

However, they have now decided there is enough evidence to relaunch the inquiry, and a press conference is taking place at 1pm today (Thursday) at Cambridgeshire police headquarters in Huntingdon.

The brutal murder of six-year-old Rikki Neave in 1994 not only sickened the residents of the Wellend esatate in Peterborough but shocked the rest of Britain and, it seemed, much of the rest of the world.

The investigation into his death quickly became one of the biggest ever handled by Cambridgeshire police. At its height 125 police officers worked on the case with 700 statements.

Rikki’s mum, Ruth Neave was charged with his murder, and was found not guilty at a trial.

The investigation into his death quickly became one of the biggest ever handled by Cambridgeshire police. At its height 125 police officers worked on the case with 700 statements.

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