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Mother of murdered Nikki Allen renews vow to find her killer
6:59pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
Sharon Henderson returned to the scene of her daughter’s brutal murder 21 years ago today (Monday, October 7).
Surrounded and supported by her family, the mum of Nikki Allan renewed her vow to “find my little girl’s killer”.
Today, hopes are higher than ever that Sunderland’s longest running child murder case will finally be solved.
The 48-year-old said she felt “sick to the stomach” as she stood outside the building.
“It was so emotional, I felt ill,” she added.
Around 100 people from across the country joined her in a vigil in memory of Nikki on the eve of her tragic death.
The murder of the seven-year-old on October 7, 1992, sent shockwaves around the city.
Twenty-one years on, the spotlight is back on the case after a recent Crimewatch reconstruction of her final minutes was broadcast to millions across the UK.
Northumbria Police are hopeful that, following the TV programme, a vital breakthrough in the case can still be achieved.
Hers body was found in the then-derelict Old Exchange Building, near to her family home at Wear Garth.
She had been beaten and stabbed 37 times.
Today, her mother said: “I’m tormented and just feel so emotional at the minute; I’m struggling to cope with everything that’s going on.
“It’s been 21 years of heartache, 21 years of fighting and grieving and battling for justice.
“I usually go to the cemetery each year but this year I just can’t, too much has happened.”
A CID team from Northumbria Police are now working on the case.
Detective Superintendent Roger Ford, who is leading the inquiry, said: “We will continue to investigate until Nikki’s killer is brought to justice.
Anyone with any information on the murder should call 0800 4565 914, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 08000 555 111.
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