Rikki Neave: man, 38, charged with 1994 murder of six-year-old

A 38-year-old man has been charged with the 1994 murder of six-year-old schoolboy Rikki Neave.

The youngster was found dead in woodland a few minutes walk from his home in Redmile Walk, Welland, Peterborough, on November 29 1994.

He had disappeared after leaving home to walk to school at about 9am the previous day. Tests showed he had been strangled.

Rikki Neave was found dead in woodland a few minutes walk from his home in Redmile Walk, Welland, Peterborough, on November 29 1994

Rikki’s uniform was found dumped in a nearby bin.

On Monday, the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit said James Watson, of no fixed address, had been charged with murder.

He will appear at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Originally Rikki’s mother, Ruth, was accused of his murder, but she was later cleared of the killing and instead found guilty of child neglect and cruelty, and jailed for seven years.

On Monday, the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit said James Watson, (pictured) of no fixed address, had been charged with murder

On Monday, the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit said James Watson, (pictured) of no fixed address, had been charged with murder

James Watson charged with the murder of Rikki Neave

James Watson charged with the murder of Rikki Neave

On Monday, the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit said James Watson, (pictured) of no fixed address, had been charged with murder 

In 2014, police looked again at the cold case and began re-investigating in 2015.

Originally Rikki's mother, Ruth, (pictured) was accused of his murder, but she was later cleared of the killing and instead found guilty of child neglect and cruelty, and jailed for seven years

Originally Rikki's mother, Ruth, (pictured) was accused of his murder, but she was later cleared of the killing and instead found guilty of child neglect and cruelty, and jailed for seven years

Originally Rikki’s mother, Ruth, (pictured) was accused of his murder, but she was later cleared of the killing and instead found guilty of child neglect and cruelty, and jailed for seven years

Chief Crown Prosecutor Chris Long said: ‘Following the death of Rikki Neave in Peterborough in November 1994, the Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised Cambridgeshire Constabulary to charge James Watson, 38, with murder. Rikki Neave’s family have been informed.

‘This decision was made following careful consideration of all the evidence presented to us by Cambridgeshire Constabulary as a result of their cold case review and subsequent lengthy and complex investigation.’    

Cambridgeshire assistant Chief Constable Paul Fullwood, who led the high profile investigation, said: ‘The cold case review into Rikki’s murder was undertaken by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit in 2014.

‘We began re-investigating the case in 2015 and following extensive investigative work, we have now been authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service to charge James Watson in connection with his death.’

 

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