RIKKI NEAVE MURDER UPDATE: ‘Last week I asked the officer heading the inquiry ‘do you think you are going to catch the killers?’ Without hesitation he answered ‘yes we will’

Rikki Neave

Rikki Neave - Credit: Archant

The mother of murdered schoolboy Rikki Neave today spoke of the promise made by detectives to find her son’s killer.

A map showing Rikki Neave's last known movements.

A map showing Rikki Neave's last known movements. - Credit: Archant

“Last week I asked the officer heading the inquiry ‘do you think you are going to catch the killers’ “she said.

Mrs Neave said: “Without hesitation he answered ‘yes we will’”

She spoken out as police released renewed their plea for information three months after they re-launched their inquiry into Rikki’s death.

“I know feel that the killers of Rikki will, after nearly 21 years, be brought to justice and made to pay for their actions,” said Mrs Neave.

Ruth Neave. Picture: Steve Williams.

Ruth Neave. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

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“I have been kept well informed by the police as to how the investigation is going and I am very happy with the amount of work they have done so far.

“I have been told the police have had a good response since the case was reopened and every sighting of Rikki in the hours before his death is being looked at. But I know the police are still keen to hear from anyone who has information, no matter how small they think that may be.”

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Since a new police team launched the investigation in June this year they have taken more than 100 statements, created more than 570 actions and generated more than 200 officer reports.

The team continue to trace Rikki’s last movements and believe they have a much more detailed picture of what Rikki did on November 28 1994.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Wall said: “Our priority is to ensure whoever killed Rikki is brought to justice so we have carefully and methodically gone through every detail of the original case, while at the same time starting as if the murder had happened in the present day.

“This has meant we can take advantage of the latest forensic and technological advances, speak to new witnesses and build a clearer picture of Rikki’s last movements.

“No stone will be left unturned and we are pulling together this huge piece of work to ensure we have the most accurate picture of Rikki’s last movements.

“Over the coming weeks we will be working to piece together all of that work as we try to establish where Rikki was and who he was with before he died.”

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 red jumper, a white shirt, black shoes and a blue coat.

Rikki’s body was found in a wooded area off Eye Road, close to Willoughby Court, the following day - 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.

DCI Wall added: “We now believe Rikki was wearing his red jumper when he left home on Monday November 28, 1994, and we are still keen to hear from anyone who saw him that day.

“We have had a fantastic response from the public, re-interviewing witnesses from the original investigation as well as people who weren’t spoken to at the time.

“Although almost 21 years on people have been able to give us some really useful information which is helping to build that timeline of events which led up to Rikki’s murder.

“There may still be people out there with information which could help us get justice for Rikki and his family and if they haven’t yet made contact with us I would urge them to do so.

“Many of the witnesses we have spoken to were children at the time and are now parents themselves. To this day many of them say they still think about Rikki and are affected by his murder and all these years on they are now working with us to find whoever is responsible.”

If you have information please call 01480 425882 or email operation.mansell@cambs.pnn.police.uk. Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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