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Youth at Crown Court over Colchester double murders

A 16-year-old boy will appear at Chelmsford Crown Court today charged with the murders of two victims within three months of each other. The first victim was James Attfield, 33, who was found with 102 knife wounds on a riverside path in Colchester, Essex, in the early hours in March last year. Female student Nahid Almanea, 31, was stabbed 16 times three months later as she walked to the University of Essex campus in Colchester just two miles away. The teen was charged with both murders on Friday and appeared before magistrates in Chelmsford on Saturday. The boy cannot be named for legal reasons.

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Youth charged with Colchester murders

James Attfield

Detectives investigating the deaths of James Attfield and Nahid Almanea have tonight charged a 16-year-old boy from Colchester with their murders - on the authority of the Crown Prosecution Service.

The youth has been remanded in custody to appear before Chelmsford Magistrates Court at 10am tomorrow..

He was arrested on the Salary Brook Trail, in Colchester, just after 11am on Tuesday, May 26, on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon.

Following enquiries by detectives he was further arrested on suspicion of the murders of James and Nahid.

"We have received excellent backing throughout the investigations into both James and Nahid’s deaths from the whole community in Colchester and I would like to thank them all again for their continued support.

"We are continuing our enquiries and if anyone believes they have any information relating to either James or Nahid’s deaths I would ask them to contact us as soon as possible.”

– Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Worron

James Attfield was murdered in March last year. The 33-year-old, also known as Jim, was found on the Riverside Path in Colchester in the early hours of Saturday, March 29, with more than 100 stab wounds to his body.

Nahid Almanea, a student at the University of Essex, was murdered on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 on the Salary Brook Trail in Colchester as she walked from her student accommodation in nearby Woodrow Way to the university complex in Wivenhoe.

The 31-year-old is believed to have been attacked at around 10.40am and died as a result of stab wounds.

Police question 16-year-old boy over Colchester murders

A 16 year old boy is tonight being questioned in connection with two murders in Colchester last year.

It's 14 months to the day that James Attfield was killed in Lower Castle Park.

Three months later student Nahid Almanea was stabbed on the Salary Brook Trail.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu

Police arrest teenager over two Colchester murders

James Attfield was stabbed 100 times Credit: Family of James Attfield

Essex police have arrested a 16-year old boy from Colchester in connection with the murders of James Attfield and Nahid Almanea.

The teenager was arrested on the Salary Brook Trail in Colchester on May 26 on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon.

Following enquiries he has now been arrested on suspicion of both murders and is in custody at Colchester Police station.

James Attfield, who was murdered in March 2014, was found with more than 100 stab wounds on the Riverside Path in Colchester.

Nahid Almanea was also stabbed in June 2014 on the Salary Brook Trail as she walked to her student accommodation nearby.

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Man rescued from River Colne near Colchester

A man who fell from a boat on the River Colne near Colchester has been rescued by volunteer lifeboat crews.

Man being rescued from the river Colne. Credit: RNLI

The 45-year-old, from Rowhedge, near Colchester, fell into the water close to the village’s Anchor pub in the early hours on Saturday 23 May. He got stuck in the mud as the tide was coming in.

Clacton RNLI’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat was called to the scene at about 12.35am after Thames Coastguard received reports that the man was in the river.

As the crew made its way to the scene, Mersea Coastguard reported it had spotted the 10ft boat, but that no-one was on board.

Essex Police, Mersea Coastguard and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service searched for the man, who was spotted in the mud on the opposite side of the river.

Click below to watch a video of the rescue by Clacton RNLI:

“With the tide on the flood and the water already up to the man’s legs, time was of the essence...

“We arrived minutes later and were guided by torchlight to the man.

“Fortunately we managed to pluck him from the mud and into the boat.

“While en route to the pontoons at Rowhedge, the crew started to warm the casualty up as he was showing signs of being hypothermic.

“Once alongside the pontoon, he was walked up to the ambulance crew who took him to hospital for further treatment.

“This was a fantastic team effort by everyone involved, including the coastguard, police and fire service.

“Thanks to everyone's hard work, a life has been saved.”

– Clacton RNLI crewman Joff Strutt.

Man threatened with knife during aggravated burglary

Police are investigating an aggravated burglary in Colchester, Essex.

Location of aggravated burglary in Colchester Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man knocked on a door in Almond Way sometime between 3.30pm and 3.45pm on Saturday 16 May and threatened the 51-year-old occupant with a knife.

He forced his way into the property and stole a mobile phone and £60 cash before leaving.

Police have described the suspect as a white man, about 6ft 4ins tall and of strong build. He had short black hair, a moustache, and wore a black leather jacket and blue jeans.

Anyone who saw the man in the area at the time is asked to call Dc Danielle Markoutsis at Colchester CID on 101.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org

79-year-old Essex man jailed for sexually abusing underage girls over two decades

Alan Bright, 79, has been jailed for 15 years for sexually abusing underage girls. Credit: Essex Police

A 79-year-old man has been jailed for 15 years for sexually abusing underage girls over a 20-year period.

Alan Bright of Almond Way, Colchester, had denied 22 charges of rape, indecent assault, and inciting under-age girls to commit gross indecency but was convicted after a three-week trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.

The judge described Bright as cunning and manipulative and said he had taken advantage of his victims between 1970 and 1990.

"Bright has never shown any remorse or admitted his crimes. He put his victims through hell and the distressing ordeal of giving evidence and undergoing cross-examination in court.

It has personally been one of the hardest cases I have dealt with. I am happy with the sentence handed down to Bright and just hope that when he sits in his prison cell, he remembers the ordeal he put those girls through.”

– DC Cornelius Bowen, Essex Police

Mum's appeal to find bracelet containing daughter's ashes

Amber died last year. Credit: Sam Skingley

A mother from Essex is launching an appeal to help find a bracelet containing the ashes of her daughter who died last year at the age of 18.

The bracelet fell off Sam Skingley's arm in Colchester town centre earlier this week. Credit: Sam Skingley

The bracelet fell off Sam Skingley's arm in Colchester town centre earlier this week.

She wears the bracelet to be close to her daughter Amber who died last summer and says she's received a lot of support since posting about the missing bracelet on social media.

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