Detectives have ‘successful weekend’ with witnesses at start of Rikki Neave murder investigation

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Detectives investigating the murder of six-year-old Rikki Neave have extended the time they will spend on the Welland Estate, following a successful weekend talking to members of the public.

Officers have already revisited a number of witnesses who were spoken to in the original enquiry, and have spoken to people with information about the case.

Officers will be available to the public at Scalford Drive until Friday (June 19).

Since the investigation re-launched on Thursday officers have received a number of calls, emails and spoken to people on the estate.

Rikki was last seen leaving for school at around 9am on Monday, November 28, 1994, from his home in Redmile Walk, Welland.

He is believed to have been wearing grey trousers, a white shirt, black shoes and a blue coat.

Rikki’s body was found in a wooded area off Eye Road, close to Willoughby Court, 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.

Det Chief Insp Richard Wall, senior investigating officer, said: “We have had a great response from the public following Thursday’s re-launch.

“Officers have been re-visiting people who were spoken to as part of the original investigation as well as those who didn’t previously come forward or who now have information they understand is crucial to detecting this terrible crime.

“The response has been so positive that we have decided to extend our time of the estate and ensure all members of the community have an opportunity to speak to us.

“We will now be reviewing all of the information we have, which will form a key part of the ongoing enquiry.

“We strongly believe the answer to who killed Rikki lies within the local community and I would urge anyone who has information about this case but hasn’t yet contacted us to do so.

“No unsolved murder is ever closed and we regularly review them in our specialist cold case team to establish any new lines of inquiry.

“The advances in forensic technology, the way in which investigations have evolved and the established three-force Major Crime Unit, with highly specialised and experienced staff and officers, means we are in the best possible position to get justice for Rikki and his family.”

If you have information, cakk 01480 425882 or email Alternatively, you can give information anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555111.