POLICE chiefs have filmed reconstruction scenes in a bid to finally find the killer of schoolgirl Nikki Allen.
The seven-year-old was murdered just yards from her Hendon home in October 1992 in a horrific attack.
No one was ever convicted of her murder and almost 21 years on her killer remains at large.
Now Northumbria Police have filmed a reconstruction of her final hours, which will be aired on Crimewatch within the next few weeks.
Nikki’s mum, Sharon Henderson, told of her heartache after witnessing the reconstruction of her murder.
Sharon, who visited her daughter’s grave at Grange Town Cemetery on Friday to lay flowers to mark the youngster’s 28th birthday, said: “My emotions have been running high.
“They got a little girl to walk the steps Nikki did on her last day.
“I was taken to the police station and I was filmed describing everything step by step.
“It took a couple of takes to do it because I was so emotional.
“It brought all my feelings back, but I plucked up the confidence to make the plea for people to come forward with information.
“In October it will be 21 years since Nikki went and I hope we have something new when that anniversary comes round.”
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.
Neighbour George Heron, of Wear Garth, Hendon, Sunderland, was later charged with her murder, but before the start of his trial, a judge banned a taped confession being played to the jury and he was cleared.
Sharon brought a civil case against Mr Heron in 1994, charging him with “battery on the child, resulting in her death.”
The court found in her favour and ordered Mr Heron to pay over £7,000, but he could not be traced and the money was not paid.
“I have laid flowers on Nikki’s grave this week for her 28th birthday,” said Sharon, 48, who now lives in Ryhope and has daughters Stacey, 29, Zara, 24, and Niomi, 22.
“She should be here with us now, but I have a feeling things are happening and we will get justice and her killer will be jailed.
“I can’t move on with my life until someone is jailed,” said Sharon, This has been going on for almost 21 years but this time I can feel it that something is going to happen with the investigation.”
She added: “On the day of the reconstruction my neighbours and friends from where I used to live were putting messages on Facebook.
“They actually watched the reconstruction. I cried. I didn’t watch it myself, that would have been too much but I will watch it on video at the police station before it is shown on TV.
“It will be better for me to watch it there than in my own house. I am trying to be strong.”
A police spokesman told the Echo: “We can confirm we have done some reconstruction filming with Crimewatch with a view to gather more information about the case.”