New bid to find killer of Sunderland schoolgirl Nikki Allen

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A RENEWED bid has been launched to trace the killer of a Sunderland schoolgirl.

Nikki Allen died just yards from her Hendon home in a horrific attack.

The youngster’s body was found in the then derelict Old Exchange building, in High Street East, the day after she went missing during the 150- yard walk from her grandad’s home in Wear Garth flats to her own tower block.

She had been beaten over the head with a brick and stabbed 37 times in the chest and abdomen.

No one has been convicted of the seven-year-old’s murder on October 7, 1992.

Now, as the 21st anniversary of her death approaches, Northumbria Police have confirmed officers have been involved in talks with BBC’s Crimewatch programme to launch another reconstruction of Nikki’s last known movements.

Her mum, Sharon Henderson, has devoted her life to getting justice and hopes the latest development, which has involved police liaising with her, could see the killer caught.

Sharon, 48, who now lives in Ryhope, said: “I want to see the killer behind bars.

“The police won’t tell me if they have something new but a Crimewatch reconstruction could help me get justice.”

Sharon, who is also mum to Stacey, 29, Zara, 24, and Niomi, 22, said: “I have never given up hope that justice will be done.

“I have fought for so long, and I know Nikki would be proud of me.”

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “Unsolved murders are never closed and are regularly reviewed.

“We constantly consider whether advances in forensic techniques open up new avenues of investigation and we are in the process of doing that in this case.

“We can confirm we’ve had an initial meeting with Crimewatch.

“Discussions are in their very early stages and no firm plans have been made.”