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Summary

  1. A man is arrested over the death of six-year-old Rikki Neave in Peterborough in 1994
  2. Updates on Tuesday, 19 April 2016
  3. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume on Wednesday at 08:00

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Thanks for joining us for live coverage as Cambridgeshire Police arrested a man in the Rikki Neave murder case; plus the day's other news.

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Weather: Dry night, followed by dry weather tomorrow

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It will stay dry through the evening and tonight with cloud tending to dissipate. With light winds and clear periods it will turn chilly in places by dawn. Lows of 7C (45F).

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Researchers looked at three areas of England, 20 years apart, and found new rates of dementia were lower than past trends would suggest. 

The improvement is almost entirely driven by men - but why remains an unanswered question.

Cambridge MP call over Libyan trainees

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Labour MP for Cambridge, Daniel Zeichner, has called on Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond to "reassure residents in Cambridge there will be no further training of Libyan personnel in Cambridgeshire", following a series of sex attacks by trainees in the city in 2014.

Daniel Zeichner
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The Libyan trainees were based at Bassingbourn Barracks as part of an agreement by the government to help the country after the collapse of Muammar Gaddafi's regime. But they were sent home early after some were convicted of rape and assault on members of the public.

Mr Hammond told the Commons he could not give any further information about where a future training programme could be located as no request had yet been made by the Libyan government, but insisted it would be a "very different operation in very different circumstances." 

Headlines: Man arrested over Rikki Neave death... Cabinet minister mocked on Twitter for Peterborough gaffe

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

The headlines for Cambridgeshire this evening:

  • A man in his 30s is still being questioned on suspicion of murdering Peterborough schoolboy Rikki Neave after Cambridgeshire Police made an arrest this morning
  • Cabinet minister Michael Gove has been mocked on Twitter for accidentally saying Peterborough was a fishing port
  • Students at the University of Cambridge college, Peterhouse, are celebrating after winning the BBC quiz show University Challenge

Rikki Neave: The early investigation

The early investigation into Rikki Neave's killing in the mid 1990s saw police receive hundreds of calls from the public. 

It's now 22 years since the six-year-old was found dead in woods near his home on the Welland Estate in Peterborough. Today a man was arrested in connection with the crime.

Watch as BBC Look East reported on the original investigation in 1994.

Gove mocked over the 'Scottish fishing port of Peterborough'

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Cabinet minister Michael Gove has been mocked on Twitter for accidentally saying Peterborough was a fishing port.

Michael Gove
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During a talk on the fishing industry, Mr Gove (pictured) referred to the Scottish ports of "Peterborough and Fraserhead" rather than Peterhead and Fraserburgh.

Twitter users soon picked up on Mr Gove's error. 

Jim Robertson said: "Fishing is very close to my heart, says Gove. Then cites Peterburgh and Fraserhead!! Confused, Mr Gove?". Meanwhile, Alice Cochrane pointed out "everyone knows Peterborough is landlocked". Mr Gove has yet to comment.

Third University Challenge win for Cambridge

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Students at the University of Cambridge college, Peterhouse, are celebrating after winning the BBC quiz show University Challenge, presented by Jeremy Paxman (pictured). 

Jeremy Paxman
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It's the third successive win for Cambridge, following victories for Gonville and Cauis and Trinity. 

Julian Sutcliffe, one member of the quartet that beat St John's College Oxford, says the win has left him "slightly fatigued".

Rally to take place over murdered Cambridge student

A rally has been organised for this Friday calling for justice for Cambridge University PhD student Giulio Regeni, found tortured and murdered in Egypt.

Giulio Regeni
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Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner says he will be taking part with the rally on King's Parade, along with representatives from the university, Amnesty International and the Egypt Solidarity Initiative. 

Mr Regeni was killed whilst undergoing research in Cairo. His body showed signs of torture, including stab wounds, bruising, a severed ear and cigarette burns.

Headlines: Man arrested over killing of Rikki Neave... Rally to take place for murdered Cambridge student

Emma Maclean

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

If you're just joining us, here's the latest headlines for Cambridgeshire:

  • A man in his 30s has been arrested on suspicion of murdering Peterborough schoolboy Rikki Neave 22 years ago
  • A rally has been organised calling for justice over the killing of Cambridge University PhD student Guilio Regeni
  • The Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce is trying to encourage more local companies to tap into the UK's trade with Russia

Newspaper headlines: Arrest in Rikki Neave case

Newspapers across Cambridgeshire are reporting on the latest development in the Rikki Neave murder inquiry: 

Rikki's death led to social services review

A report by the social services inspectorate three years after Rikki's death said fault primarily laid with senior management in Cambridgeshire's social services department.   

The case led to a major investigation of child care procedures at Cambridgeshire County Council's social services department.

The six-year-old had been on their "at risk" register and there had been a history of abuse by his mother, Ruth Neave, who was a drug addict at the time and had pleaded for the boy to be taken into care. She admitted child neglect and cruelty and was jailed for seven years back in the 1990s.

Rikki Neave timeline of events - part two

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

Rikki Neave timeline of events - part one

Mariam Issimdar

BBC Local Live

The events leading up to today's arrest: 

  • 28 November 1994: Rikki Neave last seen dressed in his school uniform leaving his home on the Welland estate in Peterborough at around 09:00 
  • 29 November 1994: His naked body is found strangled in woods five minutes from his home
  • 20 January 1995: Rikki's mother Ruth Neave is charged with child cruelty
  • 25 May 1995: Ruth Neave is charged with Rikki's murder 
  • November 1996: Ruth Neave is cleared of murder but jailed for seven years for child cruelty
  • 1996: Cambridgeshire social services put into "special measures" for failing to protect Rikki, not lifted until 2002

People 'frightened to let their children out'

Johnny Dee

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

I've speaking to people on the Welland Estate in Peterborough about this morning's arrest in the Rikki Neave case.

Welland Estate
BBC

One resident remembered hearing the news of Rikki's death back in 1994, saying they felt "pretty sickened that somebody could do that to a little kid".

He was a young teenager at the time but recalled people being "frightened to let their children out".

"For a while you didn't see many kids playing out on the estate," he said.

'We had a knock at the door'

The husband of Rikki Neave's mother, Gary Rogers, describes the moment the family were told of this morning's arrest:

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Couple 'speechless and numb' following Rikki arrest

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Gary Rogers (left) said he and Ruth Neave (right), Rikki's mother, had been left "speechless and numb" by this morning's arrest, adding it had brought "a lot of memories coming back for Ruth".

Gary Rogers and Ruth Neave
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Arrest was 'total shock' says husband of Ruth Neave

Tom Horn

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

I'm at a press conference that has been called by the mother of Rikki Neave, Ruth (right) and her partner Gary Rogers (left) in March, that has been called following this morning's arrest.

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Mr Rogers said: "Both me and Ruth want to thank Cambridgeshire Police lead investigators. Our reaction this morning was total shock. We didn't know this was coming. This has come straight out of the blue for us." 

Murder inquiry was relaunched last June

Helen Burchell

BBC News

In June last year a team of dedicated detectives from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit were brought in and the investigation into Rikki Neave's death was relaunched.

Rikki Neave poster
BBC

The cold case investigation had been "subject to a detailed review" and new forensics and DNA techniques, together with laser imaging would be used in the new investigation, Det Supt Paul Fullwood, leading the inquiry, said.

Police also handed out posters and leaflets to try and jog people's memories of what they might have seen back in 1994.

Rikki's mother held press conference in 2014

The mother of Rikki Neave held a press conference on the 20th anniversary of her son's death in 2014.

Rikki Neave
Cambridgeshire Police

Ruth Neave told the conference at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel in March that police had wrongly charged her with murder and she had new information about the death which she was handing to police.

Rikki's mother cleared following murder trial in 1996

About the time of the death, Rikki's mother, Ruth Neave (pictured), was arrested and charged with murdering her son, but was cleared by a jury at a trial in 1996. 

Ruth Neave
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She admitted child neglect and cruelty and was jailed for seven years.

Despite extensive investigations at the time, and a case review in 2004, no-one was ever convicted of six-year-old Rikki's murder.

Speaking on the BBC's Crimewatch last year, Ms Neave, now aged 45, told the appeal: "I wasn't the mother of the year but then again I never killed my son... so who did?"

Sister made appeal over brother's death

Speaking last year, the sister of Rikki Neave said it was "unbelievable" his killer was still walking around.

Rikki Neave
PA

Her brother's naked body was found in woods near Peterborough's Welland Estate on 29 November 1994.

His sister, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "To think that someone has took my brother away - part of my family - and is still walking around living a lie is unbelievable."

Police 'excited' after Crimewatch appeal

Following the Crimewatch show last year, Det Supt Paul Fulwood said Cambridgeshire Police had taken some "significant" calls after the Rikki Neave appeal which would be followed up.

"We're really excited by the progress," he said at the time.

The teenagers being sought - now middle-aged men - were believed to still be living in the local area, he said.

A reward of up to £10,000 is on offer for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of Rikki's killer.

Police took 'significant' calls following Crimewatch appeal

A renewed appeal for information over the death of Rikki Neave, six, was featured on the BBC's Crimewatch last year, and police received 17 calls about the case.

One person contacted the show to report a sighting of Rikki on 28 November 1994, outside the shops in Scalford Drive between 17:00 and 18:00. He left with two teenage boys.

Police crime scene in Rikki Neave murder case
BBC

Police said they also received a report of someone matching Rikki's description seen outside the flats in Tilton Court, walking with a teenage boy with a dog at about 21:00 GMT on the same day.

Another person said they saw two boys pushing a buggy in Belvoir Way, heading towards the wood where Rikki was found.

Artist impression released of teenagers after case reopened

Last November, 22 years after Rikki Neave's death, an artist's impression was released by police of two teenage boys seen leaving the woods where Rikki was later found.

Artist impression in Rikki Neave murder case
Cambridgeshire Police

This sighting was at about 06:30 on 29 November 1994, the day after Rikki had skipped school and was seen around the Welland Estate.

Police relaunched murder case 10 months ago

In June last year officers from the three-force Major Crime Unit relaunched the investigation into Rikki Neave's death, with a team of dedicated officers and specialists assigned.

Over the past 10 months officers have been methodically building a timeline of Rikki's last movements and made a national appeal for help via the BBC's Crimewatch programme.

It has led to an arrest of a man in his 30s in Peterborough this morning.

Rikki's body was found in woodland

Rikki Neave was last seen leaving for school in Peterborough, at about 09:00 on the morning of 28 November 1994.

Rikki Neave
Cambridgeshire Police

His body was found in a wooded area of Eye Road, close to Willoughby Court, at 12:05 the following day. It was five minutes' walk from his house in the Welland Estate.

A post-mortem examination concluded the six-year-old had died as a result of a compression of the neck – strangulation.

Man arrested over Rikki Neave killing

Detectives have arrested a man in connection with the death of six-year-old Rikki Neave.

The man, who is in his 30s and from Peterborough, was arrested on suspicion of murder this morning and is currently in custody at a police station in Cambridgeshire.

Rikki Neave was found dead in Peterborough in November 1994.

BreakingArrest in Rikki Neave murder case

David Keller

BBC News

Hello again and thanks for joining us for today's Cambridgeshire Live.

We're starting a little early as there's been some breaking news in the last few minutes - an arrest in the Rikki Neave murder case in Peterborough. We'll bring you more on this as soon as possible.