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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.


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

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.


Sir Bob Russell: 'I've had a fantastic innings - 18 years'

Sir Bob Russell, who has lost his Colchester seat, said he was "obviously disappointed".

He added: "I've had a fantastic innings - 18 years. I regard this very similar as being a park footballer who finds himself playing in the Premiership and football careers don't last 18 years so I've done pretty well."

Colchester Hospital had highest number of 'never events'

Colchester Hospital had the highest number of "never events" in the country last year. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Figures from NHS England show Colchester Hospital had the most so-called "never events" in the country.

"Never events" are errors which could have been prevented if guidance was followed - meaning they should never happen.

Between April 2014 and March 2015, the hospital trust had nine incidents in that category.

Five involved foreign objects being left inside patients after surgery. The other incidents included one case of a wrong implant or prosthesis and three incidents of "wrong-site surgery".

"Health care can be very complex and we do sometimes make mistakes. In those circumstances, it’s essential that we’re open and honest about them and, importantly, use them as learning opportunities that will help us to improve our services and make them safer.

"The trust proactively encourages all staff to be open and to report incidents, and has a ‘no blame’ policy so that learning can take place to prevent recurrence."

– Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust spokesman.

Mid Essex Hospitals Trust, which runs Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, had seven incidents.

The trust said it was "very disappointed to have never events recorded" but was committed to learning from any mistakes.

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