Woman comes forward with new evidence in Sunderland schoolgirl murder after Crimewatch appeal

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A WOMAN has come forward with information she kept from police about a murdered schoolgirl after a nationwide TV appeal.

The unsolved murder of Sunderland schoolgirl Nikki Allan was featured on BBC’s Crimewatch last night, including an eerie reconstruction of her final moments.

RECONSTRUCTION ...  tonight's Crimewatch show will make a fresh appeal on information about the murder of Nikki Allan.

RECONSTRUCTION ... tonight's Crimewatch show will make a fresh appeal on information about the murder of Nikki Allan.

Detectives said the appeal led to a woman coming forward who claims to have information she withheld from the original investigation.

Northumbria Police said the information as positive and “very significant”.

The battered body of the seven-year-old girl was found in a derelict building in Sunderland, the now-demolished Old Exchange Building, in October 1992 and she had been stabbed 37 times.

Despite a number of arrests, no-one has been convicted of her murder.

Northumbria Police detectives have thanked the public for their response to the Crimewatch appeal last night.

Detective Superintendent Roger Ford appeared on the national BBC1 show on Thursday evening appealing for new information into the unsolved murder.

Since the show went out a number of calls have come into the force and detectives are busy following up all lines of enquiry.

Detective Superintendent Roger Ford said: “Crimewatch was an excellent opportunity to reach a huge audience and appeal for fresh information into the murder of Nikki Allan, and I want to thank everyone who has called in and passed information on so far.

“Although the murder happened 21 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 got a number of calls during the show last night and will be following up on all of the information passed to us however, we still want to hear from anyone who thinks they may know something or have any information that could help us with the investigation.

“Any information - especially around the Old Exchange building and those who used to hang about in there in 1992 - could prove vital in helping us solve this murder. If you know anything, no matter how insignificant you may think it is, then call us and pass it on.”

Anyone with any information into the murder of Nikki Allan can speak to detectives on a dedicated number, which is 0800 4565 914.