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Murder detectives to meet with Saudi officials

Police search the crime scene Credit: ITV News Anglia

Detectives investigating the murder of Colchester student Nahid Almanea are to meet with officials from Saudi Arabia later.

Police will use the visit to discuss the progress of the investigation. Nahid, who was 31, was found stabbed to death on Salary Brook Trail last June.

"We continue to liaise closely with the Saudi Embassy and remain committed to obtaining justice for Nahid. I look forward to the visit.”

– Detective Superintendent Mark Hall

Appeal after man left with fractured eye socket

Essex police are appealing for witnesses after a man in his 20s was left with a fractured eye socket in Colchester.

The man who is from Clacton was attacked between Ipswich Road and Mile End in Colchester between 9.30am and 10.30pm on March 20th.

The man had to have stitches to his face after he was attacked from behind.

Anyone with information should call Colchester CID on 101


Council could put street lights back on overnight in Colchester

Street lighting in Colchester could be turned back on overnight Credit: ITV News Anglia

Colchester Borough Council will meet tonight to decide whether or not to pay Essex County Council to switch its streetlights back on overnight.

They will discuss whether or not to use money from the year's underspend to pay the County Council - which is responsible for street lighting.

It would cost Colchester Borough Council £185,000 to fund the lights overnight.

Essex County Council operates a part-time street lighting scheme, but recently Harlow's lights were switched back on overnight after they paid the council to do so.

Martin Hunt, Leader of Colchester Borough Council Credit: ITV News Anglia

“I think the lights should be put back on at night because what’s the cost of a life? If the lights go back on and it saves a life or three people’s lives then I think that’s worth doing. I can’t prove it but I will never know if the lights stay off and someone gets killed I will say to myself we had the chance to put them back on and we didn’t do it.”

– Martin Hunt, Leader of Colchester Borough Council
St Andrew's Avenue, the scene of an accident where a young man died which led Cllr Hunt to take action Credit: ITV News Anglia

Essex: Colchester Council to discuss street lights funding proposal

Colchester Council will discuss tonight whether to give the County Council money to get the town's streetlights switched back. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Colchester Council will discuss tonight whether to give the County Council money to get the town's streetlights switched back on overnight.

There's a motion to take cash from this year's underspend to get all lights switched back on between midnight and 5am.

The move comes after Harlow Council agreed to pay County Hall £100,000 for it's lights to be switched back on, resulting in a 1.5% council tax rise.


Car enthusiasts cause traffic problems

Around 5,000 car enthusiasts caused traffic chaos on the A12 in Colchester yesterday. They were attending a car cruise event at the Weston Homes Community Stadium on United Way - as they queued to get in their cars blocked the A12 between junctions 27 and 28. Police advised motorists to avoid the area.

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