Detectives to ‘re-visit’ Rikki Neave murder inquiry

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Almost 20 years after the naked body of Rikki Neave was found on woodland, detectives have agreed to “re-examine” issues raised by his mother.

Det Supt Paul Fulbrook says there is “insufficient evidence” to start a fresh investigation into the horrific murder of the six-year-old, who spent time at his grandparents March home.

But police have agreed to look at matters raised by his mother Ruth, following a two-hour meeting last week.

The youngster’s life was tragically cut short in November 1994, sending shock waves across the nation.

His mother was charged with his killing but was unanimously cleared by a jury of Rikki’s murder. However, she admitted five charges of cruelty to Rikki and two other children and was jailed for seven years.

Det Supt Fulbrook said: “We had a positive meeting with Mrs Neave and her husband Gary and have agreed to re-examine a number of matters they raised.

“At this stage there remains insufficient evidence to start a fresh investigation, however this case will always remain open until those responsible for the tragic death of Rikki can be brought to justice.”

The youngster, who lived in Redmile Walk, Welland, had been reported missing by his mother at about 6pm on November 28.

It sparked a frantic hunt by family and neighbours who hoped to find the schoolboy, who attended Welland Primary School, in Scalford Drive, safe and well.

But at about noon the next day, the youngster’s naked body was found spread-eagled in woodland off Eye Road, adjacent to the Paston Parkway.

He had been strangled with a ligature but had not been sexually assaulted.

In a joint statement Ruth and Gary said: “Before the meeting last Thursday we had no faith in the police at all.

“We felt we could tell them things that they need to investigate and after the meeting we felt confident that they will do what is necessary to get justice for Rikki and his family and mum. For the first time we felt that we are all reading from the same hymn sheet.

“All we want is to find who killed Rikki and we all want the same outcome.”