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Police extend neighbourhood inquiries in Rikki Neave investigation

Rikki Neave Credit: ITV Anglia

Police investigating the murder of six-year-old Rikki Neave say they'll extend the time they're spending in the Welland Estate because the first week they spent there was so successful.

They say they've had a number of calls and emails and have spoken to people on the estate.

Officers say they have already revisited a number of witnesses who were spoken to in the original enquiry, as well as speaking to people with information about the case.

The response has been so positive that we have decided to extend our time of the estate and ensure all members of the community have an opportunity to speak to us.

We will now be reviewing all of the information we have, which will form a key part of the ongoing enquiry.

We strongly believe the answer to who killed Rikki lies within the local community and I would urge anyone who has information about this case but hasn't yet contacted us, to do so.

– Det Chief Insp Richard Wall


Attempted assault with crowbar-like object in Peterborough

CCTV image Credit: Cambs Police
CCTV image Credit: Cambs Police

Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to trace in connection with an attempted assault in Peterborough.

A man in his 20s was walking through the Taverners Road underpass when another man is believed to have swung at him with a metal crowbar-type object.

The victim ducked and ran back the way he had come.The offender ran off in the direction of Bamber Street.

This unprovoked attempt to seriously harm an innocent passer-by has left its victim shaken.

Had the crowbar hit the victim in the head he could have been seriously hurt.

– Detective Constable Robin Gray

Disabled man's bag stolen at Peterborough station

British Transport Police have released a picture of two people they would like to speak to after a disabled man's bag was stolen at Peterborough station.

Police image Credit: British Transport Police

It happened as the victim, a 32 year-old man from Wales, was helped from his wheelchair into a car at the disabled pick-up point on Station Road.

A man and a woman walked past and took one of the man's bags when it was unattended, according to Sergeant Roy McMichael.

They then walked through the station underpass towards the town centre. When police searched the underpass they found the bag but a number of items worth £160 had been taken out of it.

The man and the woman in the picture were in the area at the time of the theft. We believe they returned later and caught an Ipswich-bound train. It is important that we trace them as I am confident they can assist with our enquiries.

– Sergeant Roy McMichael

Quarrying company fined £20,000 for polluting brooks

Polluted brook Credit: Environment Agency

Quarrying company Mick George Ltd has been fined £20,000 after admitting polluting two brooks near its site at Thornhaugh, Peterborough.

The offence came to light when a member of the public reported heavily discoloured water along the Thornhaugh and Wittering Brooks, close to a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

New lines of inquiry in Rikki Neave case

Police say the decision to reopen the investigation into the murder of Rikki Neave is generating new lines of inquiry.

The six year old was found dead near his home on the Welland estate in Peterborough in 1994. After months of campaigning by his mother, the case was reopened.

Today police have been putting up posters and handing out flyers in the hope that people with important information come forward, and they say they've been encouraged by the response.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes.


Murder detectives to make new inquiries on Peterborough estate

Officers investigating the murder of a young boy in Peterborough almost 21 years ago will today be carrying out new inquiries near his home on the Welland estate.

The investigation into the death of six-year-old Rikki Neave in 1994 was re-launched yesterday.

Police say it's time for people with important information to come forward.

1994 murder of Rikki Neave to be investigated again

Police hold a press conference Credit: ITV News Anglia

After more than 20 years police have reopened their investigation into one of the region's most notorious child murders.

Six year old Rikki Neave was killed in Peterborough in November 1994. Now officers hope new forensic techniques may help solve the murder and they've appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Last year Rikki's mother Ruth, who was cleared of his murder, held a press conference demanding the police renew their investigation.

ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes was at the police press conference.

Paddy the police dog finds missing man

Paddy the police dog Credit: BCH Dog Unit

An elderly man from Peterborough who went missing has been found by a police dog and his handler.

The man, who is in his early 80's was reported missing from Orton Goldhay on Wednesday.

He was later found by Paddy and his handler were able to locate the man in a park off Orton Mere. He was returned home safely.

"I'm happy that the man was located safely and proud that Police Dog Paddy and his handler played such a vital role in finding him. This is an excellent example of our unit working with other policing teams effectively".

– Sergeant Vicky Stoughton, BCH Dog Unit

'We owe it to Rikki and his family to find who is responsible'

Police appeal for public's help to solve 1994 murder Credit: ITV News Anglia

Detectives from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit are making a fresh appeal for the public's help to solve the 20 year old murder of 6-year old Rikki Neave in Peterborough.

At a press conference today Detectives spoke of advancements in forensic science and technological developments which could help with the investigation.

6-year old Rikki Neave was found in woodland in Peterborough in 1994 Credit: ITV News Anglia

"We are therefore seeking the public's help and would particularly like to speak to people who came forward before but maybe did not tell us everything they knew or people who perhaps have information about the case but didn't want to talk to police at the time. It may be that you were a child at the time and didn't want to speak up but now, as an adult and perhaps a parent yourself, you feel it is time to do so."

– Det Supt Paul Fullwood, Major Crime Unit

Click below to watch a clip from the press conference with Det Supt Paul Fullwood

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