Police investigate Colchester murders

Police are still investigating two murders in Colchester that have taken place over the last four months.

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Man re-arrested on suspicion of murdering James Attfield is released on bail

James Attfield.
James Attfield, who was killed in Castle Park in Colchester. Credit: Essex Police.

An 18-year-old man who was re-arrested on suspicion of the murder of James Attfield in Colchester earlier this year has been released on bail.

James, 33, was found with more than 100 stab wounds in Castle Park off Guildford Road on Saturday March 29. He died a short time later at the scene.

So far nine people have been arrested and they are all on bail until various dates next month.

Man re-arrested on suspicion of James Attfield's murder

James Attfield.
James Attfield, who was killed in Castle Park in Colchester. Credit: Essex Police.

A man has been re-arrested on suspicion of the murder of James Attfield in a Colchester park earlier this year.

The 33-year-old was found with more than 100 stab wounds in Castle Park, off Guildford Road, shortly before 6am on Saturday March 29.

Yesterday, an 18-year-old man was arrested in Southend and is currently being questioned by detectives at a police station in Essex.

He was one of seven people arrested in connection with Mr Attfield's killing five days earlier.

The other six people - a 27-year-old woman from Colchester, a 27-year-old man from Colchester, a 57-year-old man from Colchester, a 25-year-old woman from Southend, a 23-year-old woman from Ipswich in Suffolk and a 31-year-old man from Colchester - were later released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Two other men, both aged 33, also remain on police bail until late September pending further enquiries after they were arrested in connection with Mr Attfield's death earlier this summer.

In total, nine people have been arrested as part of the murder investigation.

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James Attfield Murder: Police arrest six people

Six people in Essex and Suffolk have been arrested today in connection with the murder of a man in Colchester earlier this year.

James Attfield
James Attfield

James Attfield was found with more than 100 stab wounds in Castle Park off Guildford Road at around 6am on Saturday 29 March. He died a short time later.

On Thursday 7 August, six people were arrested at residential properties in Colchester, Ipswich and Southend.

Two of these six people, a 27-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man from Colchester, were on police bail after having been previously arrested in connection with the murder and have been rearrested.

A 25-year-old woman from Southend, an 18-year-old man of no fixed address, and a 57-year-old man from Colchester were arrested on suspicion of murder.

A 23 year old woman from Ipswich was arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

All six people are being questioned by detectives at police stations across Essex and Suffolk. A number of properties in Suffolk and Essex are also been searched by police.

Two men, aged 33 of no fixed address, remain on police bail pending further enquiries until Wednesday, September 17 after also having been arrested in connection with James Attfield’s murder.

Colchester murders: Police want to trace Facebook contact

James Attfield
James Attfield

Police investigating the murder of a man in Colchester want to talk to a woman he was speaking to online the week before he died. James Attfield was stabbed over a hundred times back in March. Detectives have been reviewing Mr Attfield's Facebook account and say that a woman who he was in contact with on there could help them find out more about him. Police are also keen to hear from anyone who uses the Salary Brook Trail in the town as they continue to investigate a seperate murder. Saudi student Nahid Almanea was attacked on the pathway last month.

Family's plea for killer to hand themselves in

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The family of Nahid Almanea, the Saudi Arabian student who was murdered in Colchester last month, have appealed directly to her killer to hand themselves in.

At a press conference in Chelmsford Det Con Jane Morgan, who went to Saudi Arabia to meet the family, read a statement from the family that said:

"As a family we have been left devastated by the terrible murder. Nahid was a remarkable and gentle person who was loved for her kind and caring nature. Publicly she was a quiet and dignified lady who chose to pursue her academic studies in order to work towards her phd.

And whilst in England she made the decision that she would respect her heritage and traditions in the way that she dressed and conducted herself.

However, when she was with her family Nahid was a warm and loving person who enjoyed laughter and the company of her parents, siblings and extended family.

We wish to appeal directly to the person responsible for Nahid's death to come forward and hand themselves into the police in order to relieve our suffering and let justice take its course. It is vital that anyone with any information about Nahid's death, no matter how small, contacts the police to share that information."

– Family statement

Nahid was murdered on the Salary Brook Trail in Colchester shortly before 11am on Tuesday 17 June on her way to the University of Essex.

It was a short walk from her home in Woodrow Way that she shared with her brother. They had both been in the UK for six months. Nahid, who was 31, was studying at Essex University.

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Four weeks on from the murder of Colchester student Nahid Almanea

Four weeks on from the murder of student Nahid Almanea in Colchester detectives have been back at the scene.

The Saudi Arabian student was found dead on the Salary Brook trail on Tuesday 17th June. The Essex University student had been stabbed 16 times.

This morning officers returned to the trail to talk to people who may have been in the area at the time of Nahid's death. 100 detectives are still working on the case.

Colchester murder: Footpath reopens, three weeks after killing

The Salary Brook Trail has now reopened.
The Salary Brook Trail has now reopened. Credit: PA

The footpath where a Saudi-Arabian student was murdered has reopened in Colchester, three weeks after the killing.

Police have now finished collecting evidence from the Salary Brook Trail, where more than 2,000 objects were taken away and are being examined by forensic teams.

Police are renewing their appeal for witnesses.

Colchester student murder: Police look for hooded man

by Hannah Pettifer

Detectives investigating the murder of student Nahid Almanea in Colchester have issued an efit of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the investigation.

They say the inquiry is making steady progress but they still need more help from the public.

Click above to see Hannah Pettifer's report on the latest developments in the case

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