Fa­ther in plea over Nikki’s bru­tal mur­der

25 YEARS AF­TER KILLING, DNA MAY

Sunday Sun - - News - By So­phie Doughty Crime Re­porter so­phie.doughty@ncj­me­dia.co.uk

Above, the Wear Garth flats which have since been pulled down, and be­low, the cortege for the fu­neral of Nikki Al­lan, out­side the flats, Oc­to­ber 30, 1992 was found in the derelict Ex­change ly, or any­one who had any con­tact build­ing a few hun­dred yards with Nikki prior to her death to away, af­ter her shoes were spot­ted come for­ward to be tested for their out­side. DNA.” THE dad of mur­dered school­girl Nikki had been left ly­ing in a “I must ab­so­lutely stress that this Nikki Al­lan has bro­ken his 25 year pool of blood af­ter be­ing stabbed is a vi­tal part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion si­lence as po­lice make a DNA 37 times in the chest. and the only way we are able to break­through in the un­solved child In 1993, Ge­orge Heron, 24 at the elim­i­nate any in­no­cent par­ties killing case. time, stood trial for Nikki’s mur­der, from our in­quiries is through DNA

It has now been quar­ter of a cen­but was cleared by a jury at Leeds sam­pling. tury since the seven-year-old was Crown Court. “Please think about how Nikki’s found stabbed to death af­ter vanThen in 2014 Sun­der­land se­rial fam­ily are feel­ing and how tragic ish­ing from near her Sun­der­land killer Steven Grieve­son was ar­rest­this is for them. Nikki would have home. ed and ques­tioned on sus­pi­cion of been 32 years old this year and it is

But, to this day, no one has been Nikki’s mur­der. But he was later ut­terly heart­break­ing to hear from brought to jus­tice for the shock­ing told he would face no ac­tion. her par­ents and close fam­ily talkdeath. Northum­bria Po­lice of­fi­cers say ing about what could have been for

De­tec­tives have now an­nounced they have con­tin­u­ally re­viewed the Nikki - she may well have had chilthat new male DNA has been found ev­i­dence over the years since Nik­dren of her own by now.” that could pro­vide a break­through ki’s mur­der and advancements in David was the first to give a samin the un­solved mur­der probe. foren­sic sci­ence have led to in­ves­ple. And he is now urg­ing oth­ers to

Northum­bria Po­lice is urg­ing all tiga­tive leads not avail­able at the do the same. men who may have had con­tact time. He added: “As Nikki’s fa­ther, I with Nikki prior to her death to Det Insp Paul Waugh, who is have pro­vided a DNA sam­ple come for­ward and give a sam­ple. look­ing into the un­solved mur­der, my­self and it is very quick, easy and

And Nikki’s fa­ther, who was the is urg­ing male mem­bers of the com­pletely pain­less,” he said. “I first to give a DNA swab, has spo­fam­ily, friends or oth­ers who in­nowould beg any­one who knew Nikki ken for the first time to beg oth­ers cently may have come into con­tact or had any con­tact with her be­fore to do the same. with Nikki to come for­ward to have she died to please come for­ward to

David Al­lan said: “I have a DNA sam­ple taken so they can be have your DNA taken. re­mained quiet about Nikki’s death elim­i­nated from in­quiries. “This isn’t about ac­cus­ing any­for 25 years but now is the time I He said: “In or­der to en­sure we one of be­ing a sus­pect - this is to need to speak out. I can’t be­gin to are able to fully con­sider any new elim­i­nate you from po­lice en­quird­e­scribe how dif­fi­cul­ties.”life­has­been­sci­en­tificfind­ingswe­have­been with­out my beau­ti­ful lit­tle girl. I ob­tain­ing DNA sam­ples from peoMean­while, the char­ity would never want any­one to suf­fer ple who may have been in the area Crimestop­pers has also of­fered a the heartache we have suf­fered as at the time. This is per­fectly nor­mal re­ward of up to £10,000 for any­one par­ents.” within any foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tion who has in­for­ma­tion which leads

Nikki van­ished on a Wed­nes­day and we would urge any­one to to the con­vic­tion of Nikki’s Killer. evening 25 years ago, af­ter leav­ing come for­ward to en­sure they can Det Insp Waugh added: “If any­her grand­par­ents’ flat in Wear be ruled out of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion at one has any in­for­ma­tion at all Garth. an early stage. please con­tact po­lice. It may be

The Wear Garth flats, which have “The sci­en­tific work is on­go­ing some­thing they be­lieved at the since been pulled down, were and we will con­tinue to do all we time was not im­por­tant but this home to scores of fam­i­lies and Nik­can to max­imise the use of foren­sic could be the vi­tal clue we are lookki’s mum Sharon Henderson and sci­ence to progress this in­ves­ti­gaing for. Or any­one who may have her fam­ily were well known re­si­tion. been in the area at the time of Nik­dents. ki’s death and wish to pro­vide a

Neigh­bours formed search DNA sam­ple then please come for­par­ties in a des­per­ate bid to find ward. If you know any­thing, no the lit­tle girl. mat­ter how in­signif­i­cant you may But her body think it is, then call us or con­tact the char­ity Crimestop­pers anony­mously.”

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion about Nikki’s death can speak to Northum­bria Po­lice’s ma­jor crime team on 101 ext 69191 or the in­de­pen­dent char­ity Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111. Only those pass­ing in­for­ma­tion through Crimestop­pers will be il­leg­i­ble for a re­ward, in­for­ma­tion passed to the po­lice will not qual­ify.

Nikki Al­lan’s mother Sharon in 1995 “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 f a m i l y , friends of the fami-

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