VIDEO: Ruth Neave back in Peterborough as our 20 minute documentary takes a look at her son’s last day before he was murdered

Rikki Neave

Rikki Neave - Credit: Archant

A 20 minute video documentary has been produced by the Cambs Times as part of our ongoing investigation into the murder of former March schoolboy Rikki Neave.

Last Saturday Rikki’s mum, Ruth, and her husband Gary travelled to Peterborough to take part in a reconstruction of the day her son was murdered.

Mrs Neave stood trial for his murder and was acquitted. She was, however, jailed for child abuse.

In recent years police have twice looked at the case files and refused Mrs Neave’s request to re-open the investigation. However earlier this month the head of major crimes for Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, and Bedfordshire revealed a third, and extensive, re examination was under way.

Det Supt Paul Fullwood said: “This is the most comprehensive review since the case first went to trial and I want us to discover the truth and if possible bring those responsible for the tragic death of Rikki to justice.”


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He told Ruth and her husband Gary: “I want to be in a position to update you fully once the review is concluded and then will make a decision whether there are sufficient grounds to open up a fresh enquiry or update transparently on our findings.”

The major crimes head added: “I have given you both an undertaking we would do this and for that purpose I have committed a small dedicated team to ensure we don’t miss anything.”

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But he said he was afraid “this is taking longer than we expected as I have expanded the review from what we initially agreed to ensure we get it right.”

On Saturday, 20 years to the day when six year-old Rikki’s funeral took place, Mrs Neave walked, for the first time, the route her son had taken on his journey to school on the day he was murdered.

The documentary includes part of a police video taken at the time showing the inside of her home – and also includes original stills of the woodland area where Rikki’s body was found.

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