UPDATED Tuesday latest: Detectives renew appeals for information after murder of Nahid Al-Manea in Greenstead four weeks ago today

Jim Attfield

Nahid Al-Manea on CCTV camera shortly before she was murdered

Jacket worn by key witness following murder of Nahid

Officers search every inch of Salary Brook Trail

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DETECTIVES are renewing appeals for information today four weeks after Nahid Al-Manea was murdered.

Det Chief Supt Steve Worron said: "We are trying to build up a clearer picture of who may have been using the Trail on the morning on Tuesday, June 17.

"There are currently around 100 detectives from across the region working to solve both the murder of Nahid and the murder of James Attfield.

"Colleagues have come from Kent, the Metropolitan Police, Suffolk and Norfolk to assist our teams. We are grateful for their assistance.

"We also have a team of officers in Saudi Arabia who are offering support to Nahid’s family.

"This is so they know we are doing everything we can to bring justice for their daughter.

"We are continuing to appeal for information from the public to find witnesses who may be able to help us.

"In particular would like to speak to a man who was seen on the Salary Brook Trail between 10.20am and 10.40am, shortly before Nahid was found.

"He 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.

"He was walking on the footpath near the underpass on the A133 side of the Salary Brook Trail. He has still not yet come forward and we urgently need to speak with him."

This is one of a number of appeals for help from the public while the investigation continues.

A decision has also been made to continue high visibility patrols in Colchester

More than 2,500 exhibits including more than 50 knives were recovered from both areas with results coming back daily.

Det Chief Supt Steve Worron said he cannot be sure any are the murder weapon and he, and the teams of more than 100 detectives, are busy going through what they have got.

Nahid Al-Manea, 31, of Woodrow Way, Colchester, was stabbed 16 times and killed on the trail just before 10.40am on Tuesday, June 17.

The Saudi Arabian student was studying at Essex University and walking towards the university when she was attacked.

Father-of-five Jim Attfield, 33, of East Bay, Colchester, was stabbed 102 times and killed on a path between Castle Park and Guildford Road.

He was found shortly before 6am on Saturday, March 29.

Four people remain on bail after being arrested in connection with the Jim Attfield murder.

Detectives believe the killer or killers are still on the loose.

Anyone with information call 01245 282103 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

A £10,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of either killer is still on offer from Crimestoppers.

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1:05pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Jue_uk says...

I'm certain the police are doing everything they can to catch whoever is responsible for these awful stabbings but I can't help feeling concerned that whoever has committed these seems clever enough to not be leaving any evidence behind, which must take some planning surely. I personally won't feel safe until the person/s are caught, and think we should all still remain vigilant and careful.
I'm certain the police are doing everything they can to catch whoever is responsible for these awful stabbings but I can't help feeling concerned that whoever has committed these seems clever enough to not be leaving any evidence behind, which must take some planning surely. I personally won't feel safe until the person/s are caught, and think we should all still remain vigilant and careful. Jue_uk
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3:22pm Tue 15 Jul 14

irememberwhen says...

Detectives believe the killer or killers are still on the loose. I'm not a detective but I think they may be correct.
Detectives believe the killer or killers are still on the loose. I'm not a detective but I think they may be correct. irememberwhen
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10:40pm Tue 15 Jul 14

colchlad says...

Why is it that the police expect the public to do their job for them, i mean what actually does being 'a detective' even mean anymore? Anytime information is asked for in relation to this from the police, the answer is nearly always 'I'm not prepared to speculate.' Maybe if the police shared more info with the public, they'd get a response, but I find it hard to believe that anybody is harbouring such a sick individual/s. Its really worrying that when it comes to such serious matters, brutal murders in public, that the police are so inept. I'm glad to hear the police believe the killers are still on the loose, because everybody else knows they are. WTF?
Why is it that the police expect the public to do their job for them, i mean what actually does being 'a detective' even mean anymore? Anytime information is asked for in relation to this from the police, the answer is nearly always 'I'm not prepared to speculate.' Maybe if the police shared more info with the public, they'd get a response, but I find it hard to believe that anybody is harbouring such a sick individual/s. Its really worrying that when it comes to such serious matters, brutal murders in public, that the police are so inept. I'm glad to hear the police believe the killers are still on the loose, because everybody else knows they are. WTF? colchlad
  • Score: -3

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