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21 years after Rikki's murder police 'making significant progress'

Rikki Neave

Detectives investigating the murder of six-year-old Rikki Neave in Peterborough say they are closing in on those responsible for his murder.

On the 21st anniversary of Rikki's disappearance officers investigating his murder are confident they are making significant progress in identifying who killed the young boy.

We have had an overwhelming response from the public and have built a strong timeline of Rikki's last movements.

Even 21 years on people still remember clearly the events leading up to Rikki's death and I would urge people to continue to come to us with any information they have.

At the time of Rikki's death we know that drug use was common place on the estate and are keen to hear from any professionals who may have been helping people and given information about the murder.

We are also working with a number of experts and re-examining all of the original forensic materials using the latest scientific advances and technology, the results of which are very promising.

We are confident that we are closing in on those responsible for Rikki's death and it is only a matter of time before we have that vital breakthrough that the leads us to them.

– Det Insp Richard Wall, Major Crime Unit
Forensic teams at the scene of the murder in Peterborough, 1994

This weekend detectives will be on the Welland Estate continuing their enquiries, talking to people on the estate and distributing appeal materials.

Rikki was last seen leaving for school at around 8.30am 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 the following day in a wooded area off Eye Road, close to Willoughby Court - 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.

A reward of up to £10,000 is on offer for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of Rikki Neave's killer.



Has Black Friday had its day?

Chapelfield shopping centre in Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

Thousands of shoppers have been taking advantage of pre-Christmas sales today on so-called Black Friday.

Last year, retailers across the country made £2 billion pounds in just 24 hours - but is this American import as popular as in recent years or has the novelty value already worn off?

Internet sales have already topped the one billion pound mark so it seems shoppers could be moving away from instore to online.

Click below to watch a report by Kate Prout...

Anglia Weather: Warning of wind this weekend

The Met Office have issued a yellow warning for wind this weekend. The warning, which advises the public to 'be aware' of strong winds, will be valid between 9am on Saturday and 6pm on Sunday.

According to the Chief Meteorologist:

A blustery weekend is expected across England and Wales with winds strengthening from the west on Saturday morning. Gusts around coastlines exposed to the westerly or southwesterly winds could reach 60 mph at times. Inland gusts will be less frequent but could still reach 50 to 55 mph.

– Met Office Chief Meteorologist
Yellow warning for wind, valid 9am on Saturday until 6pm on Sunday. Credit: Met Office

There is the potential for disruption locally due to the strong winds. After a sunny start to the weekend, it will turn increasingly unsettled with cloud and blustery rain or showers at times.

Met Office mean sea level pressure chart for midday Saturday. Credit: Met Office


Sentencing of men over £1.6m online romance scam adjourned

Ife Ojo and Olusegun Agbaje were due to be sentenced today. Credit: PA

Two men convicted of duping a woman out of £1.6 million by faking an online romance have had their sentencing adjourned.

Ife Ojo, 31, from Peterborough, and Olusegun Agbaje, 43, from Hornchurch, Essex, were due to be sentenced at Basildon Crown Court today, after pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud.

Judge Jonathan Black adjourned the case until 8 January 2016. The men have been remanded in custody.

Are drink driving penalties tough enough?

From the beginning of December, police forces across England and Wales are launching their annual Christmas Drink and Drug campaign - targeting anyone over the limit.

As police forces in our region join the nation-wide crackdown, road safety charity Brake is calling for tougher punishments for those who break the law.

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A quiet start to Black Friday Frenzy

A slow start at the Intu:MK shopping centre in Milton Keynes Credit: ITV News Anglia

Shops across the East have experienced a quieter start than predicted as today's Black Friday event began in a more sedate way than last year's pre-Christmas shopping event.

Retailers are still hoping that customers could spend their way to the UK's first £1 billion in online shopping by the end of the day but so far instore shopping has not seen the buying rush expected.

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