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12 September 2013, 06:00
The murder of 7 year old Nikki Allan in Sunderland in October 1992 is being re-looked at by police.
Nikki was found dead on October 7th, 1992, in the then-derelict Old Exchange Building, near to her family home at Wear Garth, Sunderland.
She had been badly beaten and stabbed.
A number of people were arrested in connection with the investigation but no one has ever been convicted of her death.
Enquiries into her death have been ongoing over the last 21 years however, it is hoped that a fresh appeal could lead to new information coming in from the public.
Det Supt Roger Ford said:
"This was an extremely brutal attack on a defenceless seven-year-old girl and 21 years after it happened it's still talked about in Sunderland and the local area.
Nikki's family have been left devastated by what happened and we will never give up trying to find her killer.
Technology and forensic investigation techniques are improving all of the time and it's our hope that these advances along with new information from the public could lead to us finding out who murdered her.
We want to appeal directly to anyone who used the Old Exchange Building back in 1992. The building was a large, dark and derelict building, however we know it was used by drug takers, vagrants and local youths as somewhere to hide out.
Lots of people used to come and go from the building and we want anyone who used to spend time there, for whatever reason, to ring us and talk to us about what they remember about the place - especially the names and details of anyone who they know visited or spent time there."
Anyone with any information into the murder of Nikki Allan can speak to detectives on a dedicated number, which is 0800 4565 914. Or by ringing Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.