UPDATE: Dozens of calls received by police since reopening Rikki Neave murder investigation

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Detectives investigating the murder of six-year-old Rikki Neave are thanking the community of Welland, Peterborough, following a successful week talking to members of the public.

The police POD will be leaving Scalford Drive later today (Friday) although teams of detectives will be continuing to visit potential witnesses in the area over the coming weeks.

The public are now urged to use the dedicated phone number, which is 01480 425882, mailbox address of operation.mansell@cambs.pnn.police.uk or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with information.

DI Jerry Waite said: “It’s possible that there are people who didn’t feel comfortable approaching our officers in a public place.

“If you have information to share but wish to remain anonymous please think about contacting Crimestoppers confidentially.

“We are specifically appealing for people who believe they may have seen Rikki during the evening of Monday, November 28, 1994.

“We are trying to establish the timeline of Rikki’s last known movements and we would like to talk to people with information, even if they spoke to police at the time.”

Since the investigation re-launched officers have received dozens 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.

DI Waite said: “The response from the public has been great, people in the area who have spoken to us clearly want to help us catch those responsible for this horrendous crime.

“We still believe there may be others who were not confident to speak to us so openly who may have information vital to bringing the offender(s) to justice.

“The response so far has resulted in a number of new lines of enquiry which we are actively pursuing, for which we remain grateful to the public.”

If you have information, please contact us on 01480 425882 or email operation.mansell@cambs.pnn.police.uk. Alternatively, you can give information anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555111.

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