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Man arrested and bailed in Nikki Allan murder case

It is understood Steven Grieveson has been arrested

It is understood the man arrested in connection with with the death of seven-year-old Nikki Allan is 43-year-old Steven Grieveson.

Nikki was found in a derelict building near to her family home at Wear Garth in Sunderland in October 1992. She had suffered 37 stab wounds.

Mr Grieveson has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Mother of Nikki Allan in hospital after suspected stroke

Nikki's mother Sharon Henderson (centre) leading supporters at a vigil in October Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The mother of murdered schoolgirl Nikki Allan has spoken from hospital of her shock at hearing that police had arrested a man on suspicion of killing her daughter 21 years ago.

Seven-year-old Nikki was murdered in 1992.

Her body was found in a derelict building close to the family's home in a derelict warehouse in Sunderland.

Nikki's mother, Sharon Henderson, collapsed on Wednesday while working on her campaign for justice for Nikki.

Police officers visited her at Sunderland Royal Hospital to tell her that an arrest had been made.

Doctors believe Ms Henderson may have suffered a stroke triggered by stress.

Northumbria Police say that a 43-year-old man has been questioned and bailed.

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Nikki's mum has never given up fight for justice

A vigil to remember Nikki was held in October Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Nikki Allan's mother Sharon Henderson has been fighting for justice since her daughter's murder.

In October a vigil was held to mark 21 years since the 7-year-old's body was found beaten and stabbed, yards from her home.

Friends and relatives gathered where she was discovered.

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Police renew witness appeal

Nikki Allan was 7-year-old when she was murdered in Sunderland over 20 years ago

Police are keen to speak to anyone who lived in or hung around the area where Nikki was found dead on October 8, 1992.

The 7-year-old's body was discovered in the Old Exchange Building, near to her family home at Wear Garth, Sunderland.

A 43-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of her murder.

BREAKING: Arrest made in Nikki Allan murder case

Police have arrested a 43-year-old man on suspicion of the murder of Nikki Allan. He is currently in police custody helping detectives with their enquiries.

Nikki Allan was seven years old when she was found dead on October 8, 1992, in the then-derelict Old Exchange Building, near to her family home at Wear Garth, Sunderland. The investigation into her death has been ongoing for the last 21 years.

Vigil held to mark 21 years since murder of schoolgirl Nikki Allan from Sunderland

A vigil was held to mark 21 years since the murder of a schoolgirl in Sunderland. Nikki Allan was seven years old, when she was found beaten and stabbed, yards from her home.

Friends and relatives gathered where her body was discovered, and brought pink roses to lay on her grave.

Sunderland reporter Julia Barthram reports.

Pink outfits and pink roses at vigil for murdered Nikki Allan

Mourners wore pink and carried pink roses at a vigil in the schoolgirl's memory Credit: ITV

A crowd at a vigil in memory of a murdered schoolgirl moved to a building nearby where the Justice for Nikki Allan slogan is painted on the wall. Many of the 100 mourners were wearing pink in her memory. Pink roses brought to the vigil will be taken and laid on Nikki's grave.

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