Rikki Neave murder susp is released from police bail 

A man who fled the country in a camper van while suspected of being behind one of Britain's most notorious child murders has been released from police bail.

James Watson, 35, was arrested on April 19 last year on suspicion of killing six-year-old Rikki Neave, who was found dead in 1994.

He was released on bail but absconded from a hostel in Northampton and smuggled himself out of the UK to Portugal.

Detectives from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire major crimes unit travelled to Lisbon in August 2016 to bring him back to Britain.

James Watson

Murdered four-year-old Rikki Neave

James Watson (left), 35, was arrested on April 19 last year on suspicion of killing six-year-old Rikki Neave (right), who was found dead in 1994

Father-of-one Watson, from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, was then sent back to prison for breaching a life licence.

But today a Cambridgeshire Police spokesman confirmed that he was no longer being held on bail.

He added that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will 'continue to review all materials gathered by police. ' 

Watson was on a lifetime prison licence for burning down a British Transport Police station in Peterborough, when he was arrested and questioned on suspicion of the murder of Rikki.

He poured petrol over the police base in September 2011 before stealing uniforms, belts, CS sprays, seized cannabis and keys to a police car.

The attack destroyed evidence of 50 crimes and prejudiced 167, the court heard as he was jailed.

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman confirmed that Watson he was no longer being held on bail

Ruth Neave

Left, Watson who is no longer being held on police bail and right, Rikki's mother Ruth who said it was 'heartbreaking' that police were yet to find her son's murderer

Police and the CPS are continuing to liaise over whether there is sufficient evidence to bring charges in the Rikki Neave murder case.

Senior officers told Rikki's mother Ruth Neave: '[We] appreciate this is an extremely frustrating time for you but please be re-assured that police and CPS

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