Tyne & Wear

Nikki Allan murder: Man arrested over 1992 death

Nikki Allan
Image caption Nikki Allan was stabbed 37 times

A man has been arrested and bailed in connection with the murder of a seven-year-old girl more than 21 years ago.

Nikki Allan was found in the then-derelict Old Exchange Building, near her family home at Wear Garth, Sunderland, in October 1992. She had suffered 37 stab wounds.

A 43-year-old was arrested on suspicion of murder. He was later bailed.

In September the BBC's Crimewatch featured an appeal and reconstruction of Nikki's last movements.

Two years after her death a neighbour was acquitted of murder.

The trial heard that although he had confessed to the killing a judge ruled police had used "oppressive methods" during questioning and he was found not guilty.

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