RIKKI MURDER SUSPECT HELD IN PORTUGAL
A MAN suspected of murdering a six-yearold schoolboy more than 20 years ago and then fleeing the UK in the back of a campervan has been arrested in Portugal.
Convicted arsonist James Watson, 35, was arrested in April over the unsolved murder of schoolboy Rikki Neave, who was found strangled to death in 1994.
The six-year-old was found dead on the same estate in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, where Watson grew up.
Father-of-one Watson was released on police bail – but he absconded from a hostel in Northampton in June and then used a TODAY should be drier and brighter on the whole than Tuesday, although rain and strong winds will affect Scotland and western coasts of England and Wales. Feeling warm in east. Temps: 17C Edinburgh, Manchester and Cardiff in low 20Cs, around 22C in London. motorhome to smuggle himself out of the UK from Dover, Kent.
It is understood he and a friend decided to hide out in Portugal.
But the pair fell out, prompting Watson to decide to return home.
But before he could return to the UK he was arrested by local officers in Lisbon.
The arrest follows ongoing work by officers from the Major Crime Unit, national
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OUTLOOK: Brighter. SEIZED: Watson and tragic Rikki authorities and the authorities in Portugal.
He will remain in custody in Portugal while extradition proceedings begin.
It is believed he was seized under a European Arrest Warrant on suspicion of breaching his licence.
A number of officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit are expected to travel out to Portugal in the coming days.
The Cambridgeshire Police confirmed that Watson was arrested by Portuguese police in Lisbon.