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Police investigate Colchester murders

Police are still investigating two murders in Colchester that have taken place over the last four months.

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Essex Police: "Obvious similarities" with Attfield murder

James Attfield was stabbed more than 100 times in a park in Colchester in March Credit: Essex Police

Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Worron, of Essex Police said there were "obvious similarities" between the stabbing of Nahid Almanea and the murder of James Attfield, a vulnerable man with brain damage, who died after being stabbed more than 100 times in a park in Colchester in March.

"For the moment they remain separate but parallel investigations unless further evidence provides a definitive link," he said.

"We are also exploring the possibility that she was targeted because of her distinctive dress which would have identified her as likely being a Muslim."

The University of Essex student was wearing a dark navy blue full-length robe called an abaya, and a patterned multi-coloured hijab headscarf.

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