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Man held in Portugal over Rikki Neave death returned to the UK

Published 15/08/2016

A 35-year-old man has been held in connection with the murder of six-year-old Rikki Neave in 1994
A 35-year-old man has been held in connection with the murder of six-year-old Rikki Neave in 1994

A man arrested in Portugal in connection with the murder of six-year-old Rikki Neave more than two decades ago has been returned to the UK.

The 35-year-old man, from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, was arrested by local officers in Lisbon. After a court appearance in Portugal on August 4 2016 he was extradited to the UK, Cambridgeshire Police said.

Rikki was found strangled in woodland near his home in Peterborough in November 1994.

The man was arrested under a European Arrest Warrant on suspicion of breaching his licence and has been taken to Bedford prison to be dealt with by the probation service.

Officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit travelled to Portugal to return the man, working with the National Crime Agency, police in Portugal and the Crown Prosecution Service.

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