Peterborough man arrested in Rikki Neave murder investigation given bail again - despite previously fleeing to Portugal

A Peterborough man arrested on suspicion of the murder of six-year-old Rikki Neave in the city in 1994, has been re-bailed.

Wednesday, 7th September 2016, 9:24 am
Updated Wednesday, 7th September 2016, 2:58 pm
James Watson posted selfies while on holiday in Portugal in July. The 35-year-old had been on bail after being arrested in connection with the death of six-year-old Rikki Neave.

James Watson, 35, was arrested on April 19 and bailed until September 20.

He fled the country without a passport and went on ‘holiday’ to Portugal in July.

After appearing in court in Portugal on Thursday August 4, he was extradited back to England.

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He was taken to Bedford prison after breaching the terms of his license.

Watson was first arrested in April over the unsolved murder of Rikki Neave. The six-year-old schoolboy was found strangled to death on the same estate in Peterborough where Watson grew up.

Watson, a father-of-one, has remained on bail since his arrest and was living in a hostel until he fled the country with a friend in a campervan in July.

He has been re-bailed until December 20.

Anyone with information about Rikki’s death should contact police on 01480 425882 or email [email protected] Alternatively, you can give information anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555111 or via