RIKKI MUR­DER SUS­PECT HELD IN POR­TU­GAL

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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

It’ll be un­set­tled on Thurs­day with sunny spells but also heavy per­haps thun­dery show­ers. Also a lot cooler.

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.

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