A BBC Crimewatch appeal could help solve the murder of a schoolgirl 21 years ago.
Nikki Allan, seven, was stabbed 37 times and beaten to death yards from her home and her body was dumped in a warehouse.
Police are now in talks with Crimewatch TV chiefs about a reconstruction of her final hours as part of a renewed hunt for the killer.
Her mum Sharon Henderson, 48, of Ryhope, Sunderland, said: “I want to see the killer behind bars. I have never given up hope that justice will be done. A reconstruction could help me get justice.”
Former neighbour George Heron, then 24, was charged with Nikki’s 1992 murder.
But he was later cleared after a judge ruled a confession he had made to cops was inadmissible as evidence.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “Unsolved murders are never closed and are regularly reviewed.
“We can confirm we’ve had an initial meeting with Crimewatch.
“Discussions are in their very early stages.”
Article written and sub edited by myself.
Originally published in The Sun on Monday August 5 2013.