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Fresh appeal from police investigating Colchester murders

It's three months since James Attfield was stabbed to death in a park in Colchester, and three weeks since student Nahid Almanea was murdered in the town centre.

Today police made a fresh appeal for witnesses in the first of those murders, amid new revelations that a security camera near the scene of Nahid's killing had not been replaced. Jim Rice has more.

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.

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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

Essex rogue builders jailed

A gang of rogue traders who left dozens of elderly people penniless by overcharging them for shoddy building work have been jailed.

The group, who operated around Clacton and Colchester in Essex, targeted their victims between 2009 and 2013.

Many lived alone, had dementia or were seriously ill.

Detectives and trading standards officers built their case around 42 victims aged 65 to 99 but believe the actual number of victims may total about 140.

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Lakes re-opened as police continue to investigate Essex student's murder

Police have been carrying out detailed searches at the Salary Brooke Trail in Colchester. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Two lakes closed as part of the investigation into the murder of University of Essex student Nahid Almanea have been re-opened.

Police have now completed their searches of two of the waterways at the Salary Brook Trail nature reserve in Colchester and they are now accessible to the public once again.

The 31-year-old Saudi student was found stabbed to death on the trail last month.

The Salary Brook Trail pathway and a third lake remain closed. Chief Inspector Richard Phillibrown, of Essex Police, said officers still needed help from the public to help catch Nahid's killer.

He said: "We have received excellent support throughout this investigation from the whole community. We appreciate their patience whilst the forensic searches continue. We would also urge anyone with information, no matter how small you might think, to contact us.

"Crimestoppers has offered a £10,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of the killer or killers of both Nahid Almanea and James Attfield who was murdered in March in the Lower Castle Park area of Colchester.

"Please contact us with information. No matter how irrelevant you may think it is it could be the key to helping us solve both of these horrific crimes.”

Rolf Harris plaque to be removed from Colchester Zoo

Rolf Harris opening the elephant enclsoure at Colchester Zoo in 1998. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Colchester Zoo is Essex is to remove a plaque marking a visit by convicted children's entertainer Rolf Harris.

Harris opened the £1million Spirit of Africa enclosure at the zoo in 1998.

The 84-year-old was convicted at Southwark Crown Court of 12 sex charges involving four women, most while they were under age.

New Bishop of Colchester appointed

The Venerable Roger Morris will be ordained as a bishop on 25 July 2014. Credit: Diocese of Chelmsford

A new bishop of Colchester been been appointed by the Church of England.

The Venerable Roger Morris is currently the Archdeacon of Worcester and will be ordained as a bishop at St Paul's Cathedral on 25 July.

Roger Morris, who trained for the ministry at Ridley Hall in Cambridge, will then be Installed and welcomed at Chelmsford Cathedral in September.

The Colchester area has 190 parishes and 234 churches covering Witham, Harwich, Braintree, Saffron Walden and Stansted.

University scholarship to be set up in memory of murdered student

The University of Essex, over-looking the scene where Nahid Almanea was killed. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The University of Essex has announced it is setting up a scholarship fund in memory of murdered student Nahid Almanea

The 31-year-old was stabbed 16 times after walking along the Salary Brook Trail in Colchester on June 17th.

It is thought the scholarship will be awarded to an international student who wants to work in science education.

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