06/07/17 25 Years - The tragic death of school girl Nikki Allan

06 Oct 2017 14:00 PM

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  • 25th Anniversary of murdered school girl Nikki Allan
  • Police investigating further forensic results
  • Officers urge persons to come forward for DNA testing to eliminate from inquiry
  • Father speaks out for first time in 25 years to urge people to come forward
  • Up to £10,000 cash reward being offered by independent charity Crimestoppers for information

On the 25th anniversary of Nikki Allan's death, police have announced that they have recovered further forensic results which could help the investigation.

Nikki Allan, who was seven years old when she was murdered, was found dead on October 8, 1992, in the then-derelict Old Exchange Building, near to her family home at Wear Garth, Sunderland. She had been badly beaten and stabbed.

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Although arrests have been made in connection with Nikki's death, detectives are still keen to trace anyone who had any form of contact with Nikki prior to her death.

Officers have recovered further forensic results, including some DNA from a male, and are appealing for male members of the family, friends or others who innocently may have come into contact with Nikki to come forward to have a DNA sample taken so they can be eliminated from enquiries.

The first male to step forward is Nikki's father, David Allan, who is speaking out for the first time in 25 years to show his support for the police investigation and urge any other men who came into contact with Nikki to come forward for DNA testing. 

David said: "I have remained quiet about Nikki's death for 25 years but now is the time I need to speak out. 

"I can't begin to describe how difficult life has been without my beautiful little girl. I would never want anyone to suffer the heartache we have suffered as parents. 

"As Nikki's father, I have provided a DNA sample myself and it is very quick, easy and completely painless.

"I would beg anyone who knew Nikki or had any contact with her before she died to please come forward to have your DNA taken.

"This isn't about accusing anyone of being a suspect - this is to eliminate you from police enquiries."

Police have continually reviewed the evidence over the years since Nikki’s murder and advancements in forensic science have led to investigative leads not available at the time.

Nikki's mother, Sharon Henderson has also made a heartbreaking appeal to the public on the anniversary of her daughter's death to urge anyone with information to come forward. 

Sharon said: "Please, please come forward. Anyone who has any information, no matter how small you think it may be just come forward to police.

"I have met the team investigating Nikki's murder and have confidence that we will eventually get the justice we have waited for for 25 years."

The charity Crimestoppers has also offered a reward of up to £10,000 for anyone who has information which leads to the apprehension and conviction of Nikki's Killer.

Detective Inspector Paul Waugh is looking into the unsolved murder and hopes that the new forensic evidence, together with the anniversary and Crimestoppers reward, may just bring to light the crucial piece of the jigsaw that they are looking for.

DI Waugh said: "In order to ensure we are able to fully consider any new scientific findings we have been obtaining DNA samples from people who may have been in the area at the time. This is perfectly normal within any forensic examination and we would urge anyone to come forward to ensure they can be ruled out of the investigation at an early stage. The scientific work is ongoing and we will continue to do all we can to maximise the use of forensic science to progress this investigation.

"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 family, friends of the family or anyone who had any contact with Nikki prior to her death to come forward to be tested for their DNA.”

"I must absolutely stress that this is a vital part of the investigation and the only way we are able to eliminate any innocent parties from our enquiries is through DNA sampling.

"Please think about how Nikki's family are feeling and how tragic this is for them.

"Nikki would have been 32 years old this year and it is utterly heartbreaking to hear from her parents and close family talking about what could have been for Nikki - she may well have had children of her own by now and this is something that haunts both David and Sharon greatly. 

"If anyone has any information at all please contact police. It may be something they believed at the time was not important but this could be the vital clue we are looking for. Or anyone who may have been in the area at the time of Nikki’s death and wish to provide a DNA sample then please come forward. If you know anything, no matter how insignificant you may think it is, then call us or contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously." 

Anyone who wishes to speak to police or pass any information on is asked to contact the 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.