Friday 29 May 2015

Boy, 16, Arrested Over Two Colchester Murders

A teenager has been arrested over the murders of a Saudi student and a man who was stabbed 102 times in Colchester last year.
The 16-year-old boy was held on the Salary Brook Trail in the town - where Saudi student Nahid Almanea was stabbed to death last June - at about 11am on Tuesday.

Essex Police said he was initially held on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon but was subsequently arrested over the murders of Ms Almanea and that of James Attfield, who was stabbed multiple times in a park in March 2014.
The teenage suspect is being held in custody at Colchester police station.
Both murders sparked concerns that a killer was randomly targeting people, after detectives pointed to "striking similarities" between the fatal attacks but with nothing to link the two victims.
Police at the time warned the public not to go out alone and to be vigilant.
Mr Attfield, 33, who was a vulnerable man with brain damage, was found fatally wounded in the town's Castle Park, and died later in hospital.
Ms Almanea, 31, was walking to lectures at the University of Essex, when she was murdered on the Salary Brook Trail 
CCTV footage taken from a newsagent showed Ms Almanea's last movements as she headed towards the footpath.
Officers said Ms Almanea would usually walk to the university with her brother, who she also lived with.

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