Rikki Neave’s childhood best friend, who was eight at the time he was killed, said the news of an arrest today has given her new hope.
Sarah Louise McCormick, 29, said: “To wake up to the news of someone being arrested for the murder gives us all new hope that now hopefully justice will be done this time round so Rikki can finally rest in peace.
“Words can’t describe how I’m feeling this morning. My childhood best friend Rikki and his family will now hopefully get the justice for his murder.
“Miss and love you Rikki more than words can say, always in my heart forever and always.”
Sarah lived across the road from Rikki’s home and had known him for a few years before he was strangled to death.
The pair used to play together most days and Sarah was with him the day before he went missing.