FRESH DNA evidence could help solve the brutal murder of schoolgirl Nikki Allan, 25 years on from her death.
Nikki was seven-years-old when she was stabbed 37 times in the chest.
She was found lying in a pool of blood in a derelict building, near her Sunderland home on October 8 1992.
To date nobody has been convicted of the barbaric killing. However, as Nikki’s family prepare to mark the 25th anniversary of her death, detectives have revealed, they have recovered new forensic evidence including fresh male DNA which could provide a breakthrough in the murder mystery.
Northumbria Police are urging men to come forward and give samples of their DNA so they can be eliminated from the investigation.
Detective Inspector Paul Waugh said: “Although the murder happened 25 years ago it is still very much an active case for Northumbria Police and we will continue to investigate until Nikki’s killer is brought justice.
“We strongly urge any members of Nikki’s family, friends of the family or anyone who had any contact with Nikki prior to her death to come forward to be tested for their DNA.”
Nikki went missing after leaving her grandparents’ flat in Wear Garth in Sunderland. The flats have since been pulled down. Neighbours searched desperately for the little girl but her battered body was found a few hundred yards away in the derelict Exchange building after her shoes were spotted outside.
Two people were arrested for her murder but neither were convicted.
In 1993, George Heron, 24 at the time stood trial for the seven year old’s murder but he was later cleared by a jury at Leeds Crown Court.
More recently, in 2014 Sunderland serial killer Steven Grieveson was arrested and quizzed on suspicion of Nikki’s murder. He was later told he would face no further action.
Northumbria Police officers say they have continually reviewed the evidence over the years and now advancements in forensic science have led to investigative leads not available at the time.
Nikki’s mum, Sharon Henderson, has been fighting for justice for her daughter for 25 years. The 51 year old called the DNA breakthrough the biggest breakthrough yet but has insisted she is not getting her hopes up.
Ms Henderson said: “It is a promising development. It means they can eliminate a lot of people,” she said. “I really hope this will help the police make some progress. DNA is the biggest hope we can have. This is the biggest breakthrough there has been in a long time.
“But I have been let down that many times I’m not getting my hopes up. I did feel confident when I met the detectives. though.”
She added: “She’s my daughter. I’m never going to give up on her.”
Crimestoppers have also a reward of up £10,000 for anyone who has information which leads to the victim of Nikki’s killer.
Detective Inspector Waugh said: ““If anyone has any information at all please contact police. It may be something they believed at the time was not important but this could be the vital clue we are looking for.
“Or anyone who may have been in the area at the time of Nikki’s death and wish to provide a DNA sample then please come forward.
He added: “If you know anything, no matter how insignificant you may think it is, then call us or contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously.”
Anyone with information relating to Nikki’s death can speak to Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 or 0800 555111.
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