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Nahid Almanea murder: Arrested man released

A man arrested in connection with the brutal murder of Saudi Arabian student Nahid Almanea has been released, police said.

The 52-year-old man has been positively eliminated from enquiries, Essex Police said.

Essex Police asked the public if they saw a woman carrying this bag on the morning of Nahid's murder. Credit: PA

Nahid, 31, died after she was stabbed 16 times as she walked along a path in Colchester, Essex, on Tuesday morning.

She had been studying an English language course at the University of Essex as part of her studies for a life sciences PhD.


Police 'unsure' if Muslim dress was murder motive

Police search the scene at Salary Brook Trail in Colchester, Essex, where Nahid Almanea's body was found. Credit: Press Association

Essex Police say they cannot yet be sure whether Saudi Arabian student Nadid Almanea was killed because she was wearing Muslim dress. It is one line of inquiry, they say.

Nahid's body was found on a footpath in Colchester on Saturday. She had been stabbed 16 times.

Speaking at a press conference today, Essex Police also said they were investigating whether her death was linked to another fatal Colchester stabbing in March.

Police warn Colchester people after knife attacks

Police search the scene at Salary Brook Trail in Colchester, Essex, where Nahid Almanea's body was found. Credit: Press Association

Essex Police have advised people in Colchester not to visit isolated places alone, after two fatal knife attacks in the town in three months.

Nahid Almanea, 31, was found on Saturday near the University of Essex campus. She had been stabbed 16 times.

James Attfield, 33, was stabbed 100 times in Castle Park in March.

Police say a man in his fifties is helping them with their inquiries.

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Essex Police confirm missing Colchester wolf has been shot dead

Essex Police have confirmed that the missing wolf from Colchester Zoo has been "found and destroyed" by zoo staff:


Hospital faces police probe over patient cancer care

Police have launched a criminal investigation into the alleged manipulation of cancer waiting lists at a hospital in Colchester.

The investigation into Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust will aim to establish whether any criminal offences have been committed. The hospital was placed into special measures after the allegations came to light last month.

Zoo 'devastated' as escaped wolves 'had to be shot'

Colchester Zoo said it was "devastated" by the death of two of their "beloved" Timber wolves.

The two wolves were among five that escaped their enclosure this morning at around 7.30pm. In a statement, the Zoo said they were still looking for one of the escaped wolves, with the help of police.

One of the wolves returned immediately of its own accord and one was darted and recaptured.

Unfortunately, as they were further away and an anaesthetic dart takes 15 minutes to take effect, two had to be shot.

The remaining wolf is thought to be sheltering in thick undergrowth and the police are assisting in its recapture. Wolves are naturally timid and provided they are not cornered in any way do not provide a risk to the public.

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