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Police say they are close to a breakthrough in the Rikki Neave case

It's 21 years this month since six year old Rikki Neave was murdered in Peterborough, and his killer has never been found.

But now, after the case was re-opened earlier this year, Police believe they are close to a breakthrough that could solve the case.

Rikki's mother Ruth Neave, who was tried and acquitted of her son's murder, is relieved that justice may finally be done.

Click below to watch a full report by ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper.

'New forensic samples' to be tested in Rikki Neave murder

Det Supt Paul Fullwood, Head of the Beds, Cambs, Herts Major Crime Unit Credit: ITV News Anglia

Detectives from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit have revealed they've recovered new forensic samples that weren't available in the original murder investigation.

The latest forensic techniques will now be used to test the samples.

Detectives say they've also spent considerable time re-tracing Rikki's last movements and have been looking at a number of sightings.

Police re-opened the murder investigation earlier this year Credit: ITV News Anglia

Watch an interview with Det Supt Paul Fullwood


TV appeal to be made in Peterborough schoolboy murder

6-year-old Rikki Neave Credit: ITV News Anglia

A fresh police appeal will be made on television tonight as part of the investigation into the murder of Peterborough schoolboy Rikki Neave 21 years ago.

The 6 year old's body was found in woodland near his home in 1994.

Forensic teams at the scene of the murder in Peterborough, 1994 Credit: ITV News Anglia
The case was re-opened earlier this year with new appeal posters Credit: ITV News Anglia

The case was re-opened earlier this year and tonight it will feature on Crimewatch.

Read more about the re-opening of the murder case.

RNIB to offer free talking book service

The RNIB is offering free talking books to anyone with sight loss Credit: RNIB

The RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) is celebrating its 80th birthday by offering their talking book service free to anyone with sight loss.

There are almost 31,000 people in the East who are blind or partially sighted.

"At RNIB we feel passionately that reading can change the lives of blind and partially sighted people. After losing my own sight at a young age, I personally know how important the connection to the written word is, both for education and leisure. We're committed to providing a world-class service which makes a huge difference to many people."

– Neil Heslop, Director of RNIB Solutions

Knifepoint robbery teen sentenced to six years

Bubacar Embalo was sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police.

A teenager who robbed two people at a Peterborough skatepark has been jailed for six years.

Bubacar Embalo, 19, from Manchester threatened his victims at knifepoint, making them hand over their mobile phones when they refused to buy drugs from him. After succeeding in his first crime, he attempted to rob two other people but they managed to run off.

He denied charges of robbery and attempted robbery at Peterborough Crown Court, but after hearing all the evidence, the jury unanimously found him guilty of all five charges.

"Thankfully no one was injured in these very serious incidents, but this was a truly terrifying ordeal for the victims who feared for their life. This result should send out a clear message that knife crime and robberies will not be tolerated and we will do all that we can to prosecute those who think this type of behaviour is acceptable in our county."

– Detective Constable Peter Wise


Man sought after pensioner hit in face by house invader

This man was captured on CCTV. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police.

Police have released images of a man they want to speak to after a pensioner was attacked at his Peterborough home late Tuesday night.

The 69-year-old was watching television when a man entered his property on Anchor Court, Paston and attempted to steal his wife’s jewellery box.

When the burglar was challenged he became violent and hit the man in the face with the box, leaving him with cuts and bruising.

Detective Constable Sarah Phillips said:

"The victim in this incident was particularly vulnerable and resides in a vulnerable location. He suffered a nasty assault and has been left shaken. I would urge anyone who knows this individual to contact police."

– Detective Constable Sarah Phillips

Pictures: Peterborough pays tribute to the fallen

Hundreds of ceremonies have taken place in cities, towns and villages across the region to mark Remembrance Sunday.

In Peterborough veterans, military personnel and dignitaries came together in the city centre. Wreaths were laid at the steps of the city's war memorial to honour those who lost their lives for their country. There was also a service in the nearby cathedral.

Veterans on parade in Peterborough Credit: ITV Anglia
Peterborough's war memorial was the focus for the ceremony Credit: ITV Anglia
Poppy wreaths were laid at Peterborough's war memorial Credit: ITV Anglia
Crowds gathered to pay tribute Credit: ITV Anglia

Overturned lorry causes hold-ups on A47

Police are asking drivers to take care on the A47 Fletton Parkway in Peterborough after a lorry overturned near the Hampton turn off.

Emergency services are on the scene. One lane of traffic is currently moving.

Police are asking drivers to avoid the area Credit: ITV Anglia
Emergency services were called out to the lorry Credit: ITV Anglia
One lane of the A47 is blocked Credit: ITV Anglia
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