A MAN arrested on suspicion of murdering schoolgirl Nikki Allan has had his police bail cancelled.
It means Steven Grieveson, 43, will not currently have to return to answer further questions over the death of the seven-year-old, murdered in the city more than 20 years ago.
But police say they are continuing their investigations, while Nikki’s mum, Sharon Henderson, today made an appeal to the criminal fraternity for help in solving her daughter’s killing.
Sharon, 47, of Ryhope, Sunderland, said: “There were people inside the old Exchange building that night who may, for one reason or another, not want to come forward.
“It might be they committed a crime and have now moved on with their lives or that they don’t feel comfortable about talking to the police.
“I would appeal to them to get in touch and tell detectives what they know.
“They may well have families themselves now and are embarrassed about their past but if they have any information, please come forward.”
Detectives leading the investigation visited Sharon this week in a bid to keep her up to date with the investigation.
Nikki, who was found beaten with a brick and stabbed 37 times in the old Exchange building in October 1992. She had vanished after leaving her grandparents’ flat, in Wear Garth, to walk to her home just 150 yards away.
Her shoes were discovered outside the building a few hundred yards away the next morning. Her body was found inside the building by a neighbour helping police with the search.
On February 20 this year police arrested Sunderland man Steven Grieveson on suspicion of Nikki’s murder. He was questioned at a North East police station before being released on police bail.
He had been due to answer that bail just days ago.
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said today: “Bail has been cancelled for a 43-year-old arrested on suspicion of murder. Inquiries are continuing into the death of Nikki Allan.”
Sharon is planning to take her fight for justice down to Downing Street in July where she will hand in a petition.
Anyone with information that can assist in the investigation should contact police, tel: 101 ext 69191.