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Police look for man who followed two women five days before Colchester murder

Leaflets and posters have been produced which have been given out in the local area with appeals for information on. Photo: Essex Police

Exactly a week on from the murder of a student in Colchester, detectives are asking the public to remain vigilant.

31 year old student Nahid Almanea from Saudi Arabia, was stabbed 16 times and left to die as she walked along the Salary Brook Trail at around 10.40am on Tuesday, June 17.

Intensive fingertip searches of the area are being carried out, including draining ponds and lakes. Detectives have set up checkpoints asking people if they were in the area at around the same time last week. They have been speaking to cyclists and pedestrians in particular.

"People living and working in the local area are the keys to helping us find whoever killed this bright, young woman who was a guest in our country. The answers lie in the local community and we will find whoever did this.

"So far the support we have had from the public has been great. Every time we issue an appeal we have a surge of information coming through into our incident room. We have had some new information to give to you today and I really hope the local community can help us again.”

– Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Worron, Essex Police

Police would like to speak to a man identified by witnesses as walking behind two women at around 8.45am on Friday, June 13.

Witnesses believe that one of these women may have been Nahid Almanea. The man was seen to follow them as they came out of a house in Stanley Wooster Way, Colchester.

He is described as white, in his 30s, around 5ft 10ins tall with short, dark hair. He was dressed casually and was wearing dark jeans. He is also had a local Colchester accent.

Any one that can help is asked to contact the incident room on 01245 282103.

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