20/06/2014

Colchester Police Warning Over 'Brutal' Murders

Colchester Police officers have launched an investigation to find the murderer of a Saudi Arabian student who was stabbed 16 times in Colchester, and who might also be responsible for the death of a vulnerable man who was stabbed more than 100 times in a park in March.

Officers investigating the murder of Nahid Almanea, who was attacked while she was walking along a path in Colchester, Essex, on Tuesday morning, have promised to "unrelentingly" pursue all lines of inquiry.

Police are investigating if the 31-ear-old Muslim's clothing was a factor, but said there are other possible motives and they are also investigating threats of revenge attacks on social media.

Officers warned citizens not to go out alone and be vigilant, and said the crime had "obvious similarities" to the murder of James Attfield, a vulnerable man with brain damage who was stabbed more than 100 times.

However, the cases currently remain under separate investigations.

Chief Inspector Richard Phillibrown said: "I see this murder as an attack on the entire community of Colchester and I believe we will all pull together to respond to it. I am confident that the vast majority of people in this town will pay no attention to those trying to stir up trouble."

(CVS/IT)

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