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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

Rikki Neave murder case is re-opened after 20 years

Cambridgeshire police hold a press conference at Force HQ, Huntingdon Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cambridgeshire police is to re-open the case into the 20-year unsolved murder of 6-year old Rikki Neave, it has been announced today.

Detectives confirmed the re-opening of the case at a press conference at the Force HQ in Huntingdon.

"This is a 'category A' unsolved child murder...despite a lengthy operation at the time, no one has ever been brought to justice. In the past 21 years there have been significant forensic advances...there will now be an increased police presence in the Welland area and we will be calling on the public for help."

– Cambridgeshire police

Rikki went missing from his home in Peterborough in 1994 on the evening of 28th November 1994. He was found in a wooded area off the Paston Parkway the following day.

His mother Ruth Neave was cleared of his murder during a trial in 1996.

The force has recently been reviewing the case.

ITV News cameraman Gary Mabee at press conference Credit: ITV News Anglia


Man remanded into custody after torso murder court appearance

42-year old Ramute Butkiene was murdered Credit: Cambridgeshire police

A man has been remanded into custody after appearing before magistrates in Huntingdon, charged with the murder of a woman whose torso was found in a suitcase at a house in Peterborough.

57-year-old Vytautas Jokubauskas is charged with the murder of 42-year old Ramute Butkiene of Mayor's Walk in the city.

57-year old Vytautas Jokubauskas is charged with murder Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Lithuanian national was told the charge of murder is too serious to be dealt with by magistrates and his case was sent up to crown court.

Unshaven and wearing a grey tracksuit Jokubauskas spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.

He is due to appear at Cambridge Crown Court on June 18.

Chair magistrate William Symons told Jokubauskas he had no power to grant bail and remanded him in custody.

Man charged over 'torso' murder

Victim: Ramute Butkiene Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Police have charged a man in connection with the murder of a woman in Peterborough.

Vytautas Jokubauskas, 57, of Mayor’s Walk in the city, has been charged with murdering Ramute Butkiene who was 42

Ramute’s torso was discovered at a property in Mayor’s Walk on Friday afternoon.

Some body parts have been discovered in Peterborough but searches are continuing.

Mr Jokubauskas remains in police custody and is due to appear at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning.

Police name torso murder victim

The crime scene Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have named a woman whose torso was discovered at a property in Peterborough on Friday.

The body, which was missing its head, arms and legs, was that of Ramute Butkiene, 42, of Mayor's Walk, Peterborough.

Ramute was a mother-of-one and was involved in various agency work in the Peterborough area.

Family members in Peterborough and Lithuania have been informed and are being kept up to date by detectives on the investigation. A 57-year-old man from Peterborough who has been arrested on suspicion of murder remains in custody at Thorpe Wood Police Station.

Largest number of homes built in Peterborough since 1989

High number of homes being built in Peterborough in last year Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than 13 hundred homes have been built in Peterborough in the last year, the biggest number since 1989.

The figures, published by the city council, also reveal 500 of those properties are affordable housing.

The area with the most new homes is Stanground - 394 have been built there in the last 12 months.

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