DNA ap­peal to Black Cats sup­port­ers

Sunderland Echo - - Front Page - By Kevin Clark kevin.clark@north­east-press.co.uk Twit­ter: @kevinclarkjp

Po­lice hunt­ing the killer of lit­tle Nikki Al­lan 25 years ago will ap­peal to crowds at the Sta­dium of Light this week­end.

The seven-year-old van­ished while walk­ing home to her flat in Wear Garth, Hen­don, in Oc­to­ber 1992.

Po­lice hunt­ing the killer of lit­tle Nikki Al­lan 25 years ago will ap­peal to crowds at the Sta­dium of Light this week­end.

The seven-year-old van­ished while walk­ing home to her flat in Wear Garth, Hen­don, in Oc­to­ber 1992.

Her body was found next day in the derelict Quay­side Ex­change build­ing, just yards away. She had been re­peat­edly stabbed.

Neigh­bour Ge­orge Heron was charged with he mur­der, but ac­quit­ted af­ter a trial judge ac­cused po­lice of heavy-handed tac­tics and re­fused to al­low the jury to hear a taped con­fes­sion.

Northum­bria Po­lice con­firmed in April that it was ded­i­cat­ing a new foren­sics team to re­vis­it­ing the DNA ev­i­dence.

The force re­vealed last week that of­fi­cers had re­cov­ered fur­ther foren­sic re­sults, in­clud­ing some DNA from a male, and were ap­peal­ing for any man who may have in­no­cently come into con­tact with Nikki to come forward so they can be elim­i­nated from in­quiries.

De­tec­tives will be leaflet­ing fans ahead of the Black Cats’ clash with Queen’s Park Rangers on Satur­day and the ap­peal will fea­ture on the Sta­dium of Light’s screens.

DI Paul Waugh said: “We have had a num­ber of peo­ple who have help­fully come forward to give DNA sam­ples and give in­for­ma­tion.

“It is a lit­tle too early to say what this may bring or how it could im­pact the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but what I would say is that it is so im­por­tant these peo­ple have taken that step to come forward.

“That’s all we ask peo­ple to do. Come forward and give a DNA sam­ple if you had any con­tact with Nikki prior to her death or pro­vide us with any in­for­ma­tion you can which could help sup­port this in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“We are go­ing to be at the Sta­dium of Light this week­end again ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion and urg­ing peo­ple to come forward to po­lice or Crimestop­pers anony­mously.

“Please, for Nikki and her fam­ily, any in­for­ma­tion you may have, no mat­ter how in­signif­i­cant you may think it is, come forward and help us get that one step closer to find­ing the per­son re­spon­si­ble for Nikki’s death.”

Crimestop­pers has of­fered a re­ward of up to £10,000 for any­one who has in­for­ma­tion which leads to the con­vic­tion of Nikki’s Killer.

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact po­lice on 101 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

“It is so im­por­tant these peo­ple have taken that step” DI PAUL WAUGH

Nikki Al­lan.

Sharon Hen­der­son, mum of Nikki Al­lan, left, with one of the leaflets po­lice will be hand­ing out to fans to­mor­row.

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