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Murder of Nahid Almanea, Colchester

Updated: 5pm Wednesday, November 5, 2014

We've published more than 70 CCTV images and moving clips in a bid to identify people who may have been near the scene at the time of Nahid Almanea's murder.

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Nahid, a student at the University of Essex, was murdered on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 on the Salary Brook Trail in Colchester as she walked from her student accommodation in nearby Woodrow Way to the university complex in Wivenhoe.

The 31-year-old is believed to have been attacked at around 10.40am and died as a result of stab wounds.

The CCTV images released show potential witnesses and are taken from cameras at the barrier on Capon Road at the University of Essex, Avon Way, Purcell Close, and the Hunwicke Road shops on the Greenstead estate.

All of the images can be viewed by clicking on the image above.

Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Mark Hall of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “We have released these images of potential witnesses walking near the scene. They may have come from the direction of the Salary Brook Trail and may hold vital information about who killed Nahid.

"I am making a personal plea for people to come forward. Think back to that morning in June and ask yourself if you were close to Avon Way, the Salary Brook Trail or the university campus. If you were then look at our website and if you recognise yourself or someone you know please call the dedicated phone number.”
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As well as identifying people in the CCTV images, we are also still trying to trace a man who was seen walking on the Salary Brook Trail between 10.20am and 10.40am, just before Nahid was found.

He was walking near the footpath near the underpass on the A133 side of the trail and is thought to have been wearing a very distinctive beige Italian designer jacket which is described as being slightly longer than waist-length, with brown buttons up the front, a belt which may or may not have had a buckle and two pockets with buttons.

 

The man has not yet come forward and police still urgently need to speak with him.

DCI Hall added: “We have had tremendous support from the local community and the university.

“Today we need that support again as we try to identify as many people as possible from the images that have been released. More than four months have passed since Nahid was murdered. The sense of shock and sadness remains, but Essex Police also remain determined and focused on identifying those responsible. No clear motive has emerged and we continue to keep an open mind as my team of experienced detectives supported by other specialists continue to actively pursue a wide range of enquiries.

"Family Liaison Officers are in regular contact with Nahid's family in Saudi Arabia. For her parents and brothers and sisters the agony of not knowing why Nahid was murdered or who killed her continues. Nahid is missed by them, and many others, every day and all are desperate for a break through that will bring justice for Nahid.”

Anybody who recognises themselves or anyone else in the images is asked to get in touch by calling Essex Police on 01245 282103 quoting the image reference number.

The dedicated number is staffed daily between 8am to 8pm. After these hours an answerphone facility will be available.

Alternatively people can email SCDappeals@essex.pnn.police.uk again quoting the image number and an officer will make contact.

People can also give information to the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/

Crimestoppers has offered a reward on £10,000 payable for information which leads to the conviction of the person or people responsible for Nahid’s murder.


 


Updated: 7.30am, Thursday, September 18, 2014

It’s been three months since the murder of Saudi Arabian student Nahid Almanea in Colchester and detectives are doing everything they can to catch the person or persons responsible.

Nahid was murdered on Tuesday, June 17, on the Salary Brook Trail in Colchester. The 31-year-old, who was studying at the University of Essex, died as a result of stab wounds. She was attacked as she walked from her student accommodation in nearby Woodrow Way along the trail to the university complex in Wivenhoe.

Detectives have been working around the clock following a number of leads, looking through CCTV images and speaking to Nahid’s family and fellow students.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Mark Hall, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: “Over the past few weeks we have made a significant amount of progress. We have built up a clearer picture of Nahid's lifestyle and we have been carrying out a detailed trawl of all the CCTV images that are available. This is a detailed and time consuming process and has required the use of specialist interpreters.

“We are still appealing for a number of people who may have been using the Salary Brook Trail on the morning that Nahid was murdered to come forward. All the appeals are detailed on the Essex Police website. All of the people we are looking for may have information that is relevant to the investigation. They may be students and could be returning back to the campus in the next few days. Any information you have no matter how small could help us so please get in touch via the incident room on 01245 282103 or anonymously via independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Crimestoppers have offered a reward on £10,000 payable for information which leads to the conviction of the person or people responsible for Nahid’s murder.



Updated: 1pm, Monday July 28, 2041

Appeal for Salary Brook Trail users to come forward

Detectives investigating the murder of Nahid Almanea today urged people to come forward with information.

Detective Superintendent Steve Worron, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “I have issued a number of appeals over the past few weeks for people who may be of interest to the investigations to come forward. We have had a great response from members of the public but we still have not been able to identify a number of people. Searching for them is taking up a great deal of time and I would ask that people do the right thing and come forward and contact the incident room. It is vital that they get in touch so we can speak to them to find out what they know.”

In relation to Nahid’s murder, officers need to trace a number of people who were on the Salary Brook Trail between 10.15am and 10.45am on Tuesday, June 17. They are:

  • A man who is thought to have been wearing a very distinctive jacket. It is described as being an Italian designer item, it was slightly longer than waist-length, had brown buttons up the front and two pockets also with buttons.

    It was beige in colour, and had a belt which may or may not have had a buckle. There is a picture of a similar style coat on this page. He was seen on the Salary Brook Trail between 10.20am and 10.40am, shortly before Nahid was found.

    He was walking towards the Greenstead estate on the Salary Brook Trail. He is described as having thick, short black hair on the top of his ears, is aged in between his late teens to 30s, 5ft 6ins tall and was of average build.

  • Two cyclists who were seen using the trail on the morning that Nahid was found. The man and woman were cycling together and may have seen Nahid after she was attacked. They were seen by a witness at 10.45am on Tuesday, June 17, coming from the direction of the university towards Greenstead on the Salary Brook Trail. The man is described as being olive skinned with dark hair. He was in his early 20s and looked tall and slim. The woman is thought to be in her 20s with long dark hair. She was wearing what has been described as a flowing pattern tiered skirt.

  • A tall man in a trilby style hat who was seen in the area around the time of the murder. He is described as slim and was wearing a long dark trench style coat. His hat may have been green or dark blue and he had long dark wispy hair.

  • A white man, aged between 19 and 23-years-old, with blond hair. He is thought to be English and was wearing a back pack and white headphones. Witnesses describe him as looking like a student.

  • A white man also thought to be a student, who had dark, short hair. He was wearing light trousers and was using a phone.

  • A black man who was wearing a forward facing cap and a back pack. He was also wearing a dark blue and yellow striped polo top.

  • Two women on bikes, who were seen by the hedgerow on the Salary Brook Trail

  • A white woman with long blonde hair, 5ft 10ins tall, of slim build and aged around 19 or 20. She is described as possibly being a foreign student.

  • A young man on a bike, also seen on the Salary Brook Trail.

Det Supt Worron added: “We would also like to speak to anyone who uses the Salary Brook Trail on a regular basis to see if they have noticed anything different in the weeks since Nahid’s murder. People may use the trail daily to walk their dogs, cycle, fish or get to and from work or university. As people go about their daily routines, people notice things. They may be people who saw the same person everyday but now they don’t see them. What’s changed or is different?”

Anybody that has any information about the people that officers are looking to identify are asked to call the incident room on 01245 282103 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Independent charity Crimestoppers has offered a £10,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of the person or people responsible for the murder of Nahid.



Updated: 2.15pm, Friday July 25, 2014

The family of Nahid Almanea who was murdered in Colchester last month have today issued a tribute to her.

 

You can also listen to the tribute in Arabic below.

 

Speaking on behalf of the family, Dc Jane Morgan, Family Liaison Officer, said: “As a family we have been left devastated by the terrible murder of Nahid. Nahid was a remarkable and gentle person who was loved for her kind and caring nature. Publicly Nahid 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 a 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.

“The amount of people that attended Nahid’s funeral is a tribute to how much she was cared for and respected. As a family we have been upset by the media speculation about Nahid’s death in particular the publishing of a photograph claiming to be Nahid, which is not her.

We wish to appeal directly to the person responsible for Nahid’s death, to come forward and hand themselves in to 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 the information. We respectfully ask that we are left alone to grieve in private as we continue to work with the police in England and Saudi Arabia to investigate this brutal crime.”

Nahid was murdered on the Salary Brook Trail in Colchester at around 10.40am on Tuesday, June 17. Officers investigating her death travelled to Saudi Arabia to meet with her family. They returned last week.

Detective Superintendent Steve Worron, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “During the visit, the officers had several meetings with Nahid’s family and police officers in Jeddah. These took place over a number of days and during these my officers were able to extend our condolences to her family as well as gaining further information about Nahid’s life in Saudi Arabia before she left to further her studies in England.”

He added: “This visit was an important step in engaging with Nahid’s family as well as developing links with local police who are keen to assist with the investigation.”

Detectives are continuing with their enquiries to trace a number of people who were seen on the Salary Brook Trail between 10.15am and 10.45am on the morning that Nahid was murdered. Their descriptions are all on the Essex Police website and on social media sites.

Detective Superintendent Steve Worron said: “Please have a look at the appeals, share them with your friends and colleagues. Any information you have no matter how small could help us so please get in touch via the incident room on 01245 282103 or anonymously via independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Crimestoppers have offered a reward on £10,000 payable for information which leads to the conviction of the person or people responsible for Nahid’s murder.



Updated: 8:30am, Wednesday July 23, 2014

Detectives investigating the murder of Saudi Arabian student Nahid Almanea have had an encouraging response following last night’s Crimewatch appeal.

Nahid was murdered on Tuesday, June 17, on the Salary Brook Trail in Colchester. The 31-year-old, who was studying at the University of Essex, died as a result of stab wounds. She was attacked as she walked from her student accommodation in nearby Woodrow Way along the trail to the university complex in Wivenhoe.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Lucy Morris appeared on the BBC1 show last night (Tuesday, July 22) and made an appeal for people who may have been on the Salary Brook Trail between 10.15am and 10.45am on Tuesday, June 17, to come forward.

DCI Morris said: “It was extremely useful to appear on Crimewatch to make an appeal for information. There have been several calls to the incident room as a result of the show and we are sure these will help us with our investigation.”

All of the people that officers would like to trace are detailed below:

  • A man who is thought to have been wearing a very distinctive jacket. It is described as being an Italian designer item, it was slightly longer than waist-length, had brown buttons up the front and two pockets also with buttons.

    It was beige in colour, and had a belt which may or may not have had a buckle. There is a picture of a similar style coat on this page. He was seen on the Salary Brook Trail between 10.20am and 10.40am, shortly before Nahid was found.

    He was walking towards the Greenstead estate on the Salary Brook Trail. He is described as having thick, short black hair on the top of his ears, is aged in between his late teens to 30s, 5ft 6ins tall and was of average build.

  • Two cyclists who were seen using the trail on the morning that Nahid was found. The man and woman were cycling together and may have seen Nahid after she was attacked.

    They were seen by a witness at 10.45am on Tuesday, June 17, coming from the direction of the university towards Greenstead on the Salary Brook Trail.

    The man is described as being olive skinned with dark hair. He was in his early 20s and looked tall and slim. The woman is thought to be in her 20s with long dark hair. She was wearing what has been described as a flowing pattern tiered skirt.

  • A tall man in a trilby style hat who was seen in the area around the time of the murder. He is described as slim and was wearing a long dark trench style coat. His hat may have been green or dark blue and he had long dark wispy hair.

  • A white man, aged between 19 and 23-years-old, with blond hair. He is thought to be English and was wearing a back pack and white headphones. Witnesses describe him as looking like a student.

  • A white man also thought to be a student, who had dark, short hair. He was wearing light trousers and was using a phone.

  • A black man who was wearing a forward facing cap and a back pack. He was also wearing a dark blue and yellow striped polo top.

  • Two women on bikes, who were seen by the hedgerow on the Salary Brook Trail

  • A white woman with long blonde hair, 5ft 10ins tall, of slim build and aged around 19 or 20. She is described as possibly being a foreign student.

  • A young man on a bike, also seen on the Salary Brook Trail.

Anybody that has any information about the people that officers are looking to identify are asked to call the incident room on 01245 282103 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Independent charity Crimestoppers has offered a £10,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of the person or people responsible for the death of Nahid.


 

Updated: 15:15pm, Tuesday July 22, 2014

The murder of Nahid Almanea will feature on the BBC’s Crimewatch show tonight (Tuesday, July 22) as detectives make an appeal on national television to the public for information about her death.

Nahid, 31, died as result of stab wounds on Tuesday, June 17. She was found on the Salary Brook Trail in Colchester at around 10.40am that day. The Saudi Arabian national was studying English at the University of Essex and lived in nearby Woodrow Way.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Lucy Morris, will appear on the programme, which is due to be broadcast at 9pm on BBC 1. She will be outlining some of the appeals for information about people who may have been on or near the Salary Brook Trail on the morning of Nahid’s murder.

The people officers would like to trace are:

  • A man who is thought to have been wearing a very distinctive jacket. It is described as being an Italian designer item, it was slightly longer than waist-length, had brown buttons up the front and two pockets also with buttons.
    It was beige in colour, and had a belt which may or may not have had a buckle. There is a picture of a similar style coat on this page. He was seen on the Salary Brook Trail between 10.20am and 10.40am, shortly before Nahid was found.
    He was walking towards the Greenstead estate on the Salary Brook Trail. He is described as having thick, short black hair on the top of his ears, is aged in between his late teens to 30s, 5ft 6ins tall and was of average build.

  • Two cyclists who were seen using the trail on the morning that Nahid was found. The man and woman were cycling together and may have seen Nahid after she was attacked. They were seen by a witness at 10.45am on Tuesday, June 17, coming from the direction of the university towards Greenstead on the Salary Brook Trail. The man is described as being olive skinned with dark hair. He was in his early 20s and looked tall and slim. The woman is thought to be in her 20s with long dark hair. She was wearing what has been described as a flowing pattern tiered skirt.

  • A tall man in a trilby style hat who was seen in the area around the time of the murder. He is described as slim and was wearing a long dark trench style coat. His hat may have been green or dark blue and he had long dark wispy hair.

  • A white man, aged between 19 and 23-years-old, with blond hair. He is thought to be English and was wearing a back pack and white headphones. Witnesses describe him as looking like a student.

  • A white man also thought to be a student, who had dark, short hair. He was wearing light trousers and was using a phone.

  • A black man who was wearing a forward facing cap and a back pack. He was also wearing a dark blue and yellow striped polo top.
    Two women on bikes, who were seen by the hedgerow on the Salary Brook Trail

  • A white woman with long blonde hair, 5ft 10ins tall, of slim build and aged around 19 or 20. She is described as possibly being a foreign student.

  • A young man on a bike, also seen on the Salary Brook Trail.

Detective Superintendent Steve Worron of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: “I would like to thank the local community for their support with our investigation. Featuring the appeals on Crimewatch will really help us to capture information from people who may not have seen some of the local media reports. They may not be Colchester residents but may have been visiting the area for work or social reasons on the day Nahid was murdered.

"Any information they have could really help us as we continue with our investigations. We would really like to speak to anybody who was on the Salary Brook Trail between 10.15am and 10.45am on Tuesday, June 17. Please come forward. Call the incident room on 01245 282103 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Nahid’s murder has shocked the local community in Colchester and has made headlines across the world. Her death followed that of James Attfield, who was murdered in Lower Castle Park in Colchester in March. Officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are investigating both cases. These investigations are being run separately but parallel with each other.
Independent charity Crimestoppers has offered a £10,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of the person or people responsible for the death of both Nahid and James.


 

Updated: 1:15pm, Tuesday July 8, 2014

The Salary Brook Trail has reopened today (Tuesday, July 8), three weeks since Nahid Almanea was murdered. The scene had to be preserved to collect vital evidence. Search teams worked around the clock to cover an area of more than 450 metres. They also searched 48 private gardens, three fishing lakes and dredged 468 drains.

More than 2,100 exhibits have been seized as part of the search process. These are in the process of being of being checked by forensic teams.

Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Worron said: “I’m grateful to the people of Colchester for their patience and understanding whilst these searches took place. Securing evidence is a vital part of the investigative process.

“There are a number of appeals for people we would like to speak to who can maybe help us build up a clearer picture of events on the Salary Brook Trail on the morning on Tuesday, June 17. Their descriptions are all on the Essex Police website and on our social media sites. Please have a look, share with your friends and colleagues.

Any information you have no matter how small could help us so please get in touch via the incident room on 01245 282103 or anonymously via independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Crimestoppers has offered a reward of £10,000 payable for information which leads to the conviction of the person or people responsible for Nahid’s murder.


 

Updated: 9.15am, Thursday July 3, 2014

Detectives investigating the murder of Nahid Almanea have today issued an efit of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the investigation.

Efit of man

He is the man described as seen running up Hewes Close, away from the Salary Brook Trail at 10.56am on Tuesday, June 17.

He is white, aged between 18 and 25, of medium build and with dark hair. He was wearing a long sleeve plain hooded top that is described as London bus red and dark trousers.

If you can help us with any information about this man, if you know who he is or if you think it could be you please call us on 01245 282103 now. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers has offered a reward of £10,000 to anyone with information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the murder of Nahid Almanea.

Updated: 5.30pm, Wednesday July 2, 2014

Part of the Salary Brook Trail nature reserve has been reopened for use by the public this afternoon.

The three lakes were closed whilst officers searched the lakes and nearby areas as part of the on-going investigation into the murder of Nahid Almanea.

The search work at two of the lakes has now been completed and the public are able to access them. The Salary Brook Trail pathway still remains closed. This is so specialist search and forensic teams can continue with their work.

Chief Inspector Richard Phillibrown, Colchester District Commander, 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. The number to ring with information is 01245 282103. This number is available 24 hours a day. Those who wish to remain anonymous can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 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.”

He added: "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.”

Updated: 3.30pm, Tuesday July 1, 2014

Update by Det Chief Supt Steve Worron

"We are making progress with our investigation into the death of Nahid Almanea. Each time we issue an appeal we get many calls into our incident room and which is helping us to build up a more detailed picture of those who were on or near the Salary Brook Trail in Colchester at the time of her murder.

Two weeks on, my officers have been back to the area near the Salary Brook Trail and to the University of Essex to talk to people who may have been in the area. The information being given to officers is helping to piece together some vital details that will help us to find the person or people responsible for her death.

Following on from the appeals I made yesterday, I have some more people that I’m looking to try and identify today who were on the Salary Brook Trail between 10am and 10.40am on Tuesday, June 17."

Woman in summer dress
A white woman, thought to be in her early 20s, with light brown hair. She is described as being around 5ft 7ins and was wearing a summer dress and a denim jacket.

Man with backpack and headphones
A white man, aged between 19 and 23-years-old, with blond hair. He is thought to be English and was wearing a backpack and white headphones. Witnesses describe him as looking like a student.

Man/student on the phone
A white man, thought to be a student, who had dark, short hair. He was wearing light trousers and was using a phone.

Man in blue and yellow striped top
A black man who was wearing a forward facing cap and a backpack. He was also wearing a dark blue and yellow striped polo top.


If you can help us with any information about these people, if you know who they are or if you think it could be you please call us on 01245 282103 now.
You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers has offered a reward of £10,000 to anyone with information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the murder of Nahid Almanea.

 


 

Updated: 12:15pm, Monday June 30, 2014

Detectives are hoping to re-open the Salary Brook Trail later this week, after gathering as much evidence and information as they can since the murder of Nahid Almanea.

Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Worron is hoping for the public’s help in identifying the following people who may have information about the young woman’s death on Tuesday June 17.

 

He said: “We are beginning to build a clearer picture of some of the people we would like to speak to who may have been on or near the Salary Brook Trail on the morning of Tuesday, June 17, when Nahid was murdered. This detail is being worked up thanks to witnesses coming forward and the work of my officers who have been carrying out house-to-house enquiries and high visibility policing patrols in the area.
"There are a number of people that we have appealed for before but have not yet come forward and some new people who may be able to help us with information.”

Man wearing distinctive beige jacket – Tuesday June 17
colchester murder jacketHe was seen on the Salary Brook Trail between 10.20am and 10.40am, shortly before Nahid was found.
The jacket is described as being an Italian designer item, slightly longer than waist-length, had brown buttons up the front and two pockets also with buttons. It was beige and had a belt which may or may not have had a buckle.

He was walking from the direction of the university towards the Greenstead estate on the Salary Brook Trail. He has still not yet come forward and we urgently need to speak with him.

Anglers/birdwatchers
We would like to speak to anyone who may have been fishing or bird watching in the area at the time of the murder. If you were there overnight on Monday, June 16 or in the early hours of Tuesday, June 17, we want to hear from you please.

Female dog walker
She was seen walking from the underpass with a number of dogs. We don’t know her age or what she was wearing but if you think it might be you please get in touch.

Man with two dogs
We would also like to speak to a man walking two Staffordshire Bull Terrier-type dogs who was seen coming from Scarfe Way around the time of the murder. His age and description are not clear but if you think it might be you or you know who it is please call us.

Two cyclists
We would still specifically like to speak to two cyclists who were seen using the trail on the morning that Nahid was found. The man and woman were cycling together and may have seen Nahid after she was attacked. They were seen by a witness at 10.45am on Tuesday, June 17, coming from the direction of the university towards Greenstead on the Salary Brook Trail. The man is described as being olive skinned with dark hair. He was in his early 20s and looked tall and slim. The woman is thought to be in her 20s with long dark hair. She was wearing what has been described as a flowing patterned, tiered skirt. In previous media appeals this was described as a shirt but we now have clarification that it was a skirt.

Male runner:
Can you help us to identify a man seen running up Hewes Close, away from the Salary Brook Trail at 10.56am on Tuesday, June 17? He is described as white, aged between 18 and 25, of medium build and with dark hair. He was wearing a long-sleeved plain hooded top that is described as London bus red, with dark trousers.

Man wearing a trilby-style hat:
A tall man in a trilby-style hat was seen in the area around the time of the murder. He is described as slim and was wearing a long dark trench-style coat. His hat may have been green or dark blue and he had long dark wispy hair.


If you can help us with any information about these people, if you know who they are or if you think it could be you please call us on 01245 282103 - now.
You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Crimestoppers has offered a reward of £10,000 to anyone with information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the murder of Nahid Almanea.


 

Updated: 2.45pm, Friday June 27, 2014

Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Worron said: "We have had a great response to our media appeals so far. The public has been really helpful in coming to us with information, but we still need more.

"Every time we make an appeal we have a surge of calls coming into our incident room. The people of Colchester are working together to help us gather information."

The map below shows some of the key locations in this investigation.  All locations are approximate.  Detectives are still appealing for anyone who was on the Salary Brook Trail on Tuesday June 17 between 10am and 10.40am to contact police as they may have information that could help to find the person or persons responsible for the murder of Nahid.

Updated: 2.30pm, Wednesday June 25, 2014

Crimestoppers has offered a reward of up to £10,000 for information passed to them which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of 31-year-old Nahid Almanea.

 

It is hoped that it will encourage people to come forward to the charity, knowing that they will remain anonymous.

At a press conference held today, Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Worron gave the media an idea of the scale of the investigation so far:

  • 325 house-to-house enquiries
  • 38 knives recovered
  • 600 calls to the incident room
  • Witness statements taken from 106 people
  • 244 people spoken to during yesterday morning’s one week on stop checks

He also asked people to look again at the descriptions of people they are interested in speaking to:

Friday June 13:
A man identified by witnesses as walking behind two women at around 8.45am on Friday, June 13.

Witnesses believe that one of these women may have been Nahid Almanea.

The man was seen to follow them as they came out of a house in Stanley Wooster Way, Colchester. He is described as white, in his 30s, around 5ft 10ins, with short, dark hair. He was dressed casually and was wearing dark jeans. He is also had a local Colchester accent.

Tuesday June 17:
A man seen on the Salary Brook Trail between 10.20am and 10.40am, shortly before Nahid was found.

He was walking from the direction of the university towards the Greenstead estate. He has not yet come forward and we urgently need to speak with him.

He was wearing a distinctive suede or leather jacket - see the photo and description below on the June 22 update.

Thursday June 19:
A man caught on camera shortly after a woman was assaulted in an alleyway between Port Lane and Peache Road, in Colchester on Thursday June 19.

Detectives want to hear from anyone who recognises the man who is wanted for questioning by police in connection with the attack which took place at around 9.45pm.

The CCTV of him walking along the alleyway is below, with the June 23 update.

Richard Barnard, head of the International Academy at the University of Essex told reporters at the press conference that she had recently achieved the highest score in her class for a recent test - but they had not had the chance to tell her.

He said: "Nahid had shown herself to be an exceptional student on our English Language Programme since joining the University of Essex in January this year.

She was very focused, always positive and had an inner self-belief.

Her quiet determination to succeed, her hard work and her enthusiasm for her studies had really impressed her teachers

Outside of the class, Nahid was always friendly, considerate and thoughtful with a very polite and courteous manner

She was making very good progress and her confidence was visibly growing. She clearly had so much to offer and was looking forward to going on to study Life Sciences at PhD level."

Anyone that can help is asked to contact the incident room on 01245 282103.

Nahid Almanea witness appeal leaflet


 

Updated: 1.45pm, Tuesday June 24, 2014

Officers investigating the murder of Saudi Arabian student Nahid Almanea a week ago have today been targeting their enquiries around the area in Colchester where her body was discovered. Nahid was murdered on the Salary Brook Trail in Colchester at around 10.40am on Tuesday, June 17. 

Today, detectives have been:

People who use the route and live in the area may hold vital clues which will help track down Nahid’s killer or killers.

Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Worron said: “People living and working in the local area are the key to helping us find whoever killed this bright, young woman who was a guest in our country. The answers lie in the local community and we will find whoever did this.

“So far the support we have had from the public has been great. Every time we issue an appeal we have a surge of information coming through into our incident room. We have had some new information to give to you today and I really hope the local community can help us again.”

Appeal:

Police would like to speak to a man identified by witnesses as walking behind two women at around 8.45am on Friday, June 13.

Witnesses believe that one of these women may have been Nahid Almanea.

The man was seen to follow them as they came out of a house in Stanley Wooster Way, Colchester. He is described as white, in his 30s, around 5ft 10ins tall with short, dark hair. He was dressed casually and was wearing dark jeans. He is also had a local Colchester accent.

Anyone that can help is asked to contact the incident room on 01245 282103.



Updated: 5pm, Monday June 23, 2014

Police have issued CCTV footage of a man caught on camera shortly after a woman was assaulted in an alleyway between Port Lane and Peache Road, in Colchester on Thursday June 19.

Detectives want to hear from anyone who recognises the man who is wanted for questioning by police in connection with the attack which took place at around 9.45pm.

The CCTV footage was caught on a camera overlooking the pathway and is about 30 metres away from where the attack happened. It was captured at 9.47pm.

The man removes some headwear with his left hand as he walks along and is also carrying another piece of clothing over his right arm.

The suspect in the attack is described as being white, in his early 20s, and around 5ft 7in to 5ft 8in tall. He was of medium build and had a narrow face, appeared unwell, and possibly had fair hair.

At the time of the assault he was wearing a black hooded top and possibly had on underneath a dark top with a red logo on it.

If anyone recognises the man in the video, the description or saw any suspicious behaviour in this area at the time or shortly afterwards then we would ask them to get in touch.

Please call Essex Police on 01245 282103 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



Updated: 4.30pm, Sunday June 22, 2014

We are continuing to carry out searches in the vicinity of Salary Brook Trail where Nahid Almanea was found murdered on Tuesday June 17.

We have yet to recover any knife or other bladed weapon with a proven link to the murder of Nahid.

One of the three fishing lakes close to the scene has been drained and specialist officers are now searching at that location for any items of significance to the police enquiry. The other two lakes will also be drained and searched.

We are continuing to urge residents in Colchester to check their gardens, hedges, rubbish bins, and communal areas around flats for any trace of any discarded weapons or blood stained clothing or footwear.

We have also received information from witnesses about a man who was seen on the Salary Brook Trail between 10.20am and 10.40am, shortly before Nahid was found.

He was walking from the direction of the university towards the Greenstead estate. He has not yet come forward and we urgently need to speak with him.

Description of man in distinctive jacket:

  • aged in his late teens to 30 years old
  • very black, thick hair
  • hair quite short - 2-3 inch mop style on top
  • clean shaven
  • average build
  • tanned appearance
  • not wearing glasses
  • wearing distinctive Italian-style designer beige jacket
  • wearing baggy trousers - possibly lightweight cotton

colchester murder jacketHe was also wearing a very distinctive jacket which is described as being an Italian designer item, it was slightly longer than waist-length, had brown buttons up the front and two pockets also with buttons.

It was beige in colour, and had a belt which may or may not have had a buckle.

We have issued this picture of a very similar jacket which we would ask people to look at - although the material could either be suede as in the picture or leather.

Are you this person or do you know who he is? If so call us on 01245 282103 now. We have people waiting for your call.

We are also sure there are still other people who would have been using the Salary Brook Trail before Nahid was murdered who we have yet to speak to.

We would ask them to get in touch especially if they were walking along the pathway between 10.20am 10.40am.

We have also been very encouraged by the response we received to yesterday's appeals. A number of callers have contacted us about the man who was seen running up Hewes Close away from the Salary Brook Trail at 10.56am.

Those calls are being followed up and we are conducting further house to house enquiries around that individual today.

If you believe you saw this man or you know who he is and have not yet spoken to us please get in touch with us as soon as possible.

Anyone with any information that could assist the enquiry is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team on 01245 282103, Essex Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



Updated: 2pm, Saturday June 21, 2014

Detective Chief Superintendent Steve WorronMurder Investigation:
Statement from Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Worron.

We do not yet know whether the murders of Nahid Almanea and James Attfield have been committed by the same person or people.

A criminal profiler from the National Crime Agency has carried out a thorough assessment of all the evidence in connection with both murders and a decision has been taken that they remain separate but parallel investigations at this time.

However the circumstances of both crimes mean that we must consider the possibility that the same killer or killers are responsible.

We are continuing to explore this line of enquiry, along with many others, and both investigations are being continually resourced and are receiving equal precedence.

A command structure has been put in place to ensure that the relevance of any evidence uncovered in respect of either murder is considered by both enquiries.

The response from the public so far has been good – we have received more than a hundred calls providing us with information.

But there is still more we need the public to do to help us and find those responsible for Nahid and James’ deaths.

I still firmly believe that the answer to these investigations will come from within the Colchester community.

We continue to gather all available forensic evidence and this will undoubtedly open up new lines of enquiry.

But what I really need is to hear from anyone in the community who has any suspicions about who may have committed these dreadful crimes.

In particular I want to find out more about a man who was seen running up Hewes Close at around 10.56am on the day Nahid was murdered.

Hewes Close map

This road is at the far end of Avon Way and he was seen initially coming out of an alleyway which indirectly links to the Salary Brook Trail.

Description of the man in Hewes Close:

  • white
  • aged between 18 and 25
  • medium build
  • dark hair
  • wearing a red, long sleeve plain hooded top
  • dark trousers

Are you this person, does anyone else believe they know who he is? If so we need you to get in touch now so that we can eliminate you from our enquiries.

I also want to hear from anyone who recognises the description of a man who is wanted for questioning by police in connection with an attack on a woman in Peache Road, in Colchester, at around 10pm on Thursday June 19.

Peache Road map

The location of this attack, and some aspects of it, including reports that a knife was seen and the victim was a woman, mean that this suspect is also of interest to the Almanea investigation.

Description of the man in Peache Road:

  • white
  • early 20s
  • around 5ft 7in to 5ft 8in tall
  • medium build
  • narrow face
  • appeared unwell
  • possibly had fair hair
  • wearing a black hooded top
  • possibly had on underneath a dark top with a red logo on it.

If anyone knows who this man is or saw any suspicious behaviour in this area at the time or shortly afterwards then we would ask them to get in touch.

YouTube: CCTV footage of man in Peache Road

Finally there are a number of outstanding media appeals in relation to the murder of James Attfield.

We still have seven CCTV images on the Essex Police website of people who we need to speak to in connection with James Attfield’s murder.

If you are one of these people or you know who they are then please call us.

The number to ring with information is 01245 282103.

 

Superintendent Steve DitchburnPolicing in Colchester:
Statement from Superintendent Steve Ditchburn:

The safety of the public remains the absolute priority for Essex Police and additional patrols are now being carried out across Colchester; especially in public open spaces.

These patrols are to offer reassurance and we would invite people to speak to officers about any concerns they may have or to pass on any information of relevance to either investigation.

Our advice to people is that we have now had two knife murders in Colchester in less than three months where the motive for the attacks remains unknown. Against that background we would advise everyone in the town to remain vigilant.

Both of these attacks were on lone people who were in locations where it appears no one else was nearby at the time.

For that reason we would remind people to take sensible precautions to stay safe. This includes avoiding any situations in which you could find yourself isolated and alone in a public area.

There are a wide range of tips on this subject on the Be Safe section of the Essex Police website.

And we would ask families, friends and neighbours to keep an eye out for each other and provide support to anyone they consider vulnerable.

We have called in mutual aid from Eastern region forces and the Metropolitan Police to assist with our response to both murders - which are force priorities.

A significant deployment of specialist major crime detectives from within the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate has been joined by counterparts from the Metropolitan Police Service in order to complete a range of enquiries as thoroughly and as quickly as possible.

These enquiries include witness interviews, statement-taking and house-to-house enquiries and will provide invaluable support to the investigation and allow significant progress in the shortest time possible.

Combining with our officers and staff, additional support has also been provided by neighbouring police forces, local partners and volunteer groups to co-ordinate and provide high-visibility patrols in the Colchester area.

We have received excellent support throughout this investigation from the whole community and we continue to urge anyone with information, no matter how small you might think, to engage with our patrolling officers or contact us direct in order that we can find the person responsible as soon as possible.

The number to ring with information is 01245 282103.



Updated: 9.30am, Saturday June 21, 2014

We have finished interviewing a 19-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the murder of Nahid Almanea and an assault allegation in Peache Road in Colchester.

He has been released from police custody and no further action against him is planned in respect of either the murder or the assault as he has been eliminated from both enquiries.



Updated: 5.30pm, Friday June 20, 2014

We have arrested a 19-year-old man from Colchester in connection with the investigation into the murder of Nahid Almanea. The man was initially arrested shortly after midnight today for a separate offence of assault.

His arrest followed a report from a woman that while she was jogging near Peache Road, Colchester at around 10pm, on Thursday June 19, a man had approached her and tried to grab her. She was able to fight him off and made her way home and then immediately contacted police.

Police searched the area and a man was subsequently arrested and taken into police custody.

Following further enquiries he was then further arrested shortly after 4pm today in connection with the murder investigation.

He remains in custody for questioning.



Updated: 8.30am, Friday June 20, 2014

Joint statement from Chief Constable Kavanagh and PCC Alston

The murder of Nahid Almanea in Colchester on June 17 is a sad and distressing crime. Essex Police will continue unrelentingly to pursue all lines of investigation to bring her killer to justice.

There has been some commentary on social media and in newspaper and website headlines suggesting that Nahid Almanea was killed because of her religion. This is simply not known at this stage, and jumping to conclusions is deeply unhelpful, wrong and dangerous.

Very sadly, we have now had two murders in recent months in Colchester. James Attfield, a young vulnerable white man, was killed on March 29. Nahid Almanea, a young Muslim woman, was murdered two days ago.

We would urge everyone to work with Essex Police, who will, supported by local communities, do everything possible to find the person or people responsible for both these awful crimes.

I know that everyone in Colchester will come together, and remain strong and united in ensuring that the town and the district continues to be safe and welcoming to all.

Anyone with any information that could assist the enquiry is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team on 01245 282103, Essex Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Stephen Kavanagh, Chief Constable of Essex Police

Nick Alston, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex



Updated: 10pm, Thursday June 19, 2014

Detectives investigating the death of Nahid Almanea in Colchester on Tuesday, June 17 have now released the 52 year old man who had been arrested.

He has been positively eliminated from police enquiries.



Updated: 3.20pm, Thursday June 19, 2014

We have released some CCTV footage of a woman we believe to be Nahid walking past the shops in Hunwicke Road at around 10.20am on Tuesday.

There were people in that shop shortly before and after she passed by who may well have seen Nahid and they are also vital witnesses that we need to speak to.

 

We now have a photograph of the bag that Nahid was carrying at the time she was murdered. It is a very distinctive black and orange shoulder bag with the logo Activ on it.

Did you see a woman walking though the Greenstead estate on Tuesday morning carrying this bag. If you did we need to speak to you to find out what you know.

Bag

Nahid lived with her brother at an address in Woodrow Way, and they regularly took the same route to the University every morning.

On Tuesday her brother started lectures earlier than Nahid and so she was making the journey on her own. We have a map of the route she is most likely to have taken and would like to hear from anyone who saw Nahid on this route or elsewhere.

Map

We also still want to hear from anyone who thinks they saw Nahid making her way down to the Salary Brook Trail where she was murdered.

At the time she was wearing a dark navy blue full length robe, called an Abaya, and a patterned multi-coloured headscarf, known as a Hijab and the bag. Nahid is 5ft 4in tall, and was of medium build.

If anyone saw her or was in this area on Tuesday morning we would ask them to call us.

Detectives are also still asking that residents check their gardens and rubbish bins for any discarded weapons or blood stained clothing.

Anyone with any information that could assist the enquiry is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team on 01245 282103, Essex Police on 101, email scdappeals@essex.pnn.police.uk or they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



Updated: 11.45am, Thursday June 19, 2014

Police have formally identified a woman who was killed in Colchester on Tuesday June 17. She is Nahid Almanea, aged 31, of Woodrow Way, in Colchester.

The Saudi Arabian national was living in Colchester while she studied at the University of Essex.

Police are continuing to carry out searches of the scene where she was found. Detectives have received an encouraging response from the public to its requests for information but continue to appeal for anyone who saw Ms Almanea walking through the Greenstead estate on Tuesday morning.

She is believed to have left her home in Woodrow Way and then made her way down across Avon Way onto the Salary Brook Trail. It is possible she may have got onto the trail at one of several entrances on Avon Way towards St Andrews Avenue.

At the time she was wearing a dark navy blue full length robe, called an Abaya, and a patterned multi-coloured headscarf, known as a Hijab. She also had with her a black bag, with orange panels, which she was carrying on a shoulder strap.

If anyone saw her or was in this area yesterday morning we would ask them to call us.

Detectives would also like residents to check their gardens and rubbish bins for any discarded weapons or blood stained clothing.

They are asking for anyone who has CCTV footage which covers any part of the Greenstead estate between Woodrow Way and the Salary Brook Trail to make contact with them so that it can be viewed.

Anyone with any information that could assist the enquiry is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team on 01245 282103, Essex Police on 101, email scdappeals@essex.pnn.police.uk or they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



Updated: 12.45pm, Wednesday June 18, 2014

Detectives investigating the murder of a woman in Colchester on Tuesday June 17, are asking people to contact them.

She was attacked along Salary Brook Trail between 8.30am – 11am.

Location map

She has not yet been formally identified, but she was in her early 30s and wore a dark navy blue full-length robe, called an Abaya, and a patterned multi-coloured headscarf, known as a Hijab. She also had with her a black bag, with orange panels, which she was carrying on a shoulder strap.

If you saw her, please contact police.

Detectives would like people to:

Come forward if they were in the Greenstead Estate area of Colchester between 8.30am - 11am on Tuesday June 17

Contact them if you saw the victim between 8.30am - 11am on Tuesday June 17 in Woodrow Way, Avon Way or along the Salary Brook Trail.

Contact them if they have CCTV that covers the Greenstead estate from Woodrow Way and the Salary Brook Trail, for them to arrange viewing of it. Both residential and businesses premises.

Check bins and gardens for discarded weapons or blood-stained clothes.

Det Supt Hawkings said: “A forensic post-mortem is due to be carried out this afternoon to establish the cause of death but at this time it would appear that a knife or other bladed weapon was used in this attack.

“The victim also suffered facial injuries but the cause of these has yet to be established.

“We have no further detail on the murder weapon or weapons at this time but if anyone comes across any suspicious items which they think could be connected to this murder we would ask them to call us.”

Det Supt Hawkings said the investigation team was keeping an open mind about the motive for the attack and at this time it did not appear that anything had been stolen from the victim.
She said: “There are some immediate similarities between this murder and that of James Attfield but there is also a large number of differences as well.

“There is no current known motive for this attack and we are keeping an open mind and exploring all possible avenues of investigation.

“We are also conscious that the dress of the victim will have identified her as likely being a Muslim and this is one of the main lines of the investigation but again there is no firm evidence at this time that she was targeted because of her religion.”

Police will be carrying out additional reassurance patrols in the Greenstead area while the investigation continues. One man currently remains in custody and is being questioned by detectives after being arrested in connection with this investigation yesterday evening.

Anyone with any information that could assist the enquiry is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team on 01245 282103, Essex Police on 101 or they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



Updated: 9am, Wednesday June 18, 2014

A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a woman in Colchester yesterday.

The 52-year-old from the Colchester area is currently being questioned at Colchester Police Station.



Updated: 2pm, Tuesday June 17, 2014

Police have launched a murder enquiry following the discovery of a woman with severe head and body injuries in Colchester.

A member of the public found the woman on a footpath on land off Avon Way just before 10.40am this morning (Tuesday June 17).

Emergency treatment was given at the scene by paramedics but they were unable to save her.

A police cordon has been set up on the Salary Brook Trail. This has been closed off from Britten Close to Buffett Way.

Officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are investigating the death.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Hall, Senior Investigating Officer, said: “We are carrying out house-to-house enquiries and searching the area using the police helicopter and dog teams."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team on 01245 282103, 101 or they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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