Mum of murdered Sunderland schoolgirl Nikki Allan suffers stress-related stroke

Sharon Henderson
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A MUM has vowed her fight for justice will continue despite being diagnosed with blood clots on the brain.

Sharon Henderson, who was last week told a man had been arrested on suspicion of the murder of her daughter more than 20 years ago, has been told she has suffered a stress-related stroke.

After being discharged from hospital, the 47-year-old mum is now recovering at home.

Despite her condition, Sharon, of Ryhope, this week met with police officers investigating the killing of daughter Nikki Allan, found dead in a derelict Sunderland building in 1992.

The mum said she is determined that no stone remains unturned after last week’s arrest made national headlines.

She said: “I’m going to continue my fighting and campaigning, just like I’ve done for the past 22 years.

“My scan results showed I had two blood clots on the brain and I did suffer a stroke. They have given me medication to try and calm me down.”

Police last week arrested Sunderland man Steven Grieveson on suspicion of murdering seven-year-old Nikki.

Officers from Northumbria Police said the 43-year-old was taken into custody last Thursday over the death of Nikki, who was found beaten with a brick and stabbed 37 times in the old Exchange building in October 1992.

Nikki 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.