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Colchester murders: Police want to trace Facebook contact

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

Police search for evidence

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.

Behind the scenes: Essex Police test forensic evidence in bid to solve Colchester murders

ITV Anglia has been given access to the science labs where Essex Police are testing more than four hundred items of forensic evidence in the search for the killer, or killers, of Nahid Almanea and James Attfield in Colchester.

It's almost four months since James was found stabbed to death, and more than four weeks since Nahid was murdered on her way to Essex University where she was a student.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Hannah Pettifer

Colchester's hospitals still "need improvements", inspectors say

Colchester Hospital. Credit: PA

The Care Quality Commission says both Colchester Hospital and Essex County Hospital need to make further improvements to their services.

The Trust, which runs both hospitals, has been in special measures since last October.

The Trust says significant progress has been made but there is more to do.


Prime Minister announces funding for Colchester veterans' accommodation

David Cameron. Credit: PA

The Prime Minister has announced that specialist accommodation in Colchester is one of eight projects to be part-funded by fines imposed on banks.

The money will go towards helping armed forces personnel who have been wounded or injured.

65 units of temporary, supported and independent accommodation in Colchester will get £6 million.

"Our Armed Forces make huge sacrifices for the nation and it is right that all of us recognise that sacrifice - that is why this government enshrined the Armed Forces Covenant in law.

One of the greatest worries for our troops when they are wounded or injured is how they and their families will continue with daily life.

We should do all we can to take away those worries by providing them with the specialist help and support they need to continue to live their lives and these projects will help to deliver that."

– David Cameron

Colchester Hospital to invest in new parking facilities?

More than £700,000 could be spent on increasing the number of parking spaces at Colchester General Hospital. Credit: PA

More than £700,000 could be spent on increasing the number of parking spaces at Colchester General Hospital after concerns there's not enough to meet demand.

The NHS Foundation Trust will look at a report today which if given the go ahead would provide 180 public parking spaces.

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.

A send off for Colchester's Moot Hall organ

Moot Hall organ in Colchester to be restored.

The Moot Hall organ in Colchester is off to be restored to its Edwardian glory. People are invited along to give it a send-off tonight from 6pm as it is taken away for the work to be carried out.

It is funded by a Heritage Lottery grant of more than £450,000.

Councillor Tim Young, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, Licensing and Culture said: "The Moot Hall organ is an integral part of the fantastic heritage of Colchester Town Hall. I'm delighted that the process has begun to restore the organ to its former glory.

"I would encourage residents and visitors alike to take up the unique opportunity to come and find out more about the organ's fascinating history."

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