Rikki Neave sus­pect held in Por­tu­gal

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

De­tec­tives are ex­pected to fly out to Por­tu­gal in the next few days fol­low­ing the ar­rest there of a man sus­pected of the mur­der of Peter­bor­ough school­boy Rikki Neave.

James Wat­son (35) was ar­rested in Lis­bon on sus­pi­cion of breach­ing his li­cence.

The man ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of mur­der­ing school­boy Rikki Neave has been ap­pre­hended in Por­tu­gal.

James Wat­son, (35), was ar­rested un­der a Euro­pean Ar­rest War­rant by lo­cal of­fi­cers in Lis­bon at around lunch time on Tues­day on sus­pi­cion of breach­ing his li­cence.

Wat­son was first ar­rest- ed in April over the un­solved mur­der of Rikki Neave in1 994.

Th­e­six-year-old school­boy was found stran­gled to death on the same Wel­land es­tate in Peter­bor­ough, where Wat­son grew up.

Wat­son, a fa­ther-of-one, has re­mained on bail since his ar­rest and was liv­ing in a hos­tel un­til he fled the coun­try with a friend in a camper­van last month.

He has posted a num­ber of pic­tures of him­self in Por­tu­gal in the last cou­ple of weeks.

It is be­lieved Wat­son and the friend had fallen out and he has been alone, des­per­ately try­ing to find a way home.

He said: “I am NOT on THE RUN and I AM com­ing back.

“I didn’t run. Let’s make that clear.

“It just so hap­pens that at the same time that I am do­ing this (trav­el­ling around Europe) hap­pens to be while I am on bail.

“I al­ways in­tended to come back for bail.

“The­p­o­lice, pro­ba­tion and MAPPA (Multi-agency pub­lic pro­tec­tion ar­range­ments) know this.”

Wat­son, of Peter­bor­ough, is due to an­swer po­lice bail on Septem­ber 20.

The ar­rest fol­lows on­go­ing work with of­fi­cers from the Ma­jor Crime Unit, na­tional au­thor­i­ties and au­thor­i­ties in Por­tu­gal.

Wat­son will re­main in cus­tody in Por­tu­gal while ex tra­di­tion pro­ceed­ings be­gin.

Of­fi­cers from the Bed­ford­shire, Cam­bridgeshire and Hert­ford­shire Ma­jor Crime Unit are ex­pected to travel out to Por­tu­gal in the com­ing days.

James Wat­son

James Wat­son pic­tured in Por­tu­gal be­fore his ar­rest.

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