Murdered Saudi student Nahid Al-Manea was stabbed 16 times in Greenstead, Colchester

UPDATED: Greenstead murder latest including tribute to the victim

UPDATED: Greenstead murder latest including tribute to the victim

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TRAGIC Nahid Al-Manea was stabbed 16 times, detectives have revealed. 

The student, 31, of Woodrow Way, Colchester, was found fatally wounded at about 10.40am on Tuesday.

Two of her wounds among the 16 were fatal, it has been revealed. 

New CCTV shows Nahid walking past Hunwicke Road shops, in Greenstead, at about 10.20am.

A 52-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and will remain in custody overnight.

The Essex University student was brutally murdered in a frenzied knife attack strikingly similar to the murder of James Attfield.

Detectives are investigating whether the two are connected.

Police are also investigating threats made by those calling for revenge attacks on social media.

Speaking at a press conference this afternoon, Det Supt Steve Worron said: "It is extremely unusual to see an attack of this type in a public place in daylight."

Extra police patrols will continue to run across Colchester.

It is not known if more than one person was involved in the student's murder or if more than one weapon was used. 

Southend Standard:

Detectives are also looking into whether this may be a race hate crime as the victim, Saudi Arabian student Nahid Al-Manea, was wearing traditional Islamic dress when she was stabbed to death.

Det Supt Tracy Hawkings, head of major crime for Essex Police, said: “She was stabbed a number of times. We don’t know how many but two wounds were significant.

“She had a number of facial injuries consistent with being struck in the face or the back of the head.

“There are significant similarities between both crimes.

Southend Standard: Police are appealing for information after James Attfield was found murdered in a Colchester park (Essex Police/PA)

“Both victims sustained frenzied knife wounds.

“Both were on secluded paths in parks used by members of the public.

“But there are differences such as gender and we can’t discount the possibility of hate crime.

“We are doing everything we can to solve them.”

A 52-year-old man was arrested in connection with the murder of the woman, aged in her thirties from Woodrow Way, Greenstead, Colchester.

He continues to be questioned at Colchester police station.

Results of the post mortem are expected today.

Southend Standard:

The victim moved to England in January and was living with her brother.

She was studying an English language course at Essex University.

A spokesman for the university said: "It is with great shock and deep sadness our close community receives the news of the tragic death of our student Nahid Al-Manea.

"Nahid came to the university from Saudi Arabia to study on the Essex English Language Programme at the International Academy, and was due to finish her studies in August.

"Our thoughts are now with Nahid’s family, friends and teachers during this extremely difficult time.

"The university continues to help police with their enquiries.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Anthony Forster added: “On behalf of the entire university community, I express our deepest condolences to Nahid’s family and friends following this devastating loss."

We have students and staff here from over 130 countries and are proud of our genuinely global community.

"We are committed to ensuring that all our students and staff are being fully supported by the university.”

Richard Barnard, the head of the International Academy, said: "Nahid was a student on the Essex English Language Programme, which develops students’ English language skills.

"Nahid joined this programme and was a very hard-working and conscientious student, who was making excellent progress.

"She was a quiet, considerate and well-respected member of the programme and had ambitions to move on to further academic study.

"She will be greatly missed by her teachers and her fellow students.”

She left home at 10am on Tuesday and was found by a member of the public at 10.40am still breathing but close to death.

She died very soon after and was pronounced dead by paramedics when they arrived at the Salary Brook nature path behind Britten Close.

Det Supt Hawkings said: “This crime was committed on a busy thoroughfare where you would expect a number of people to be walking.

“It was a brazen, reckless attack and there is a high likelihood people were there or there about at the time.”

She dismissed rumours of a possible honour killing. 

Residents have been told to be vigilant and take extra care following the latest brutal murder in Colchester.

Det Supt Hawkings said: “We are well aware residents must be very nervous following these horrific murders.

“There has been a significant increase in police presence.

“Patrols have increased with every available officer helping.

“But I would urge people to be sensible.

“Try not to go to places where you may be vulnerable.”

She said she doesn’t want people to panic but said people should be aware there have been brutal attacks and to try and stay safe with advice available on the Essex Police website.

Detectives investigating the murder still need information and Det Supt Hawkings wants people to call.

They are searching for the murder weapon and bloodied clothes after the victim was left with multiple stab wounds.

Det Supt Hawkings said: “We have received a number of calls from members of the public but I would ask anyone walking in Salary Brook between 8.30am and 11am to get in contact.

“I am asking all the residents of Greenstead to search bins and gardens for knives.

“Anyone with private CCTV get in contact.”

She dismissed rumours this could have been a so called honour killing saying there was “absolutely nothing to suggest there is any truth in this” but thanked everyone who had already made contact.

She said: “We are starting to get a significant number of calls coming in.

“We need to hear from everybody and anybody.”

Police cordons remain in place with officers speaking to those who usually walk along the path.

Family liaison officers are comforting the brother while a separate murder squad works alongside those investigating the James Attfield murder.

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 Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

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9:26am Thu 19 Jun 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Very, very sad.
Very, very sad. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 22

9:34am Thu 19 Jun 14

totallyfootball says...

Well if this link is true then chances are the murderer lives somewhere in the middle of those two areas?
Well if this link is true then chances are the murderer lives somewhere in the middle of those two areas? totallyfootball
  • Score: 15

10:42am Thu 19 Jun 14

co2 says...

Well we have at least 1 random killer on the loose in Colchester with 2 victims
and 2 suffering familys,all reports suggest both victims were randomly murdered.
One of the victims murdered in brood daylight,but the other late at night.
The street lights in Colchester must stay on until the killer(s) are safely in custody.
Police patrols must be increased and the public must be more vigilant and report anyone seen loitering or acting in a strange manner.
Lets hope the killer(s) are apprehended sooner rather than later and anyone with any suspicions must inform the police.
Well we have at least 1 random killer on the loose in Colchester with 2 victims and 2 suffering familys,all reports suggest both victims were randomly murdered. One of the victims murdered in brood daylight,but the other late at night. The street lights in Colchester must stay on until the killer(s) are safely in custody. Police patrols must be increased and the public must be more vigilant and report anyone seen loitering or acting in a strange manner. Lets hope the killer(s) are apprehended sooner rather than later and anyone with any suspicions must inform the police. co2
  • Score: 47

11:00am Thu 19 Jun 14

gmarie says...

It has nothing to do with the streetlights being on or off, this one was done in broad daylight. It has to do with someone sick enough to commit a crime as to end someone life. Everyone will keep moaning about the streetlights being left on but that's not the issue, a woman lost her life and catching the culprit that did this.
It has nothing to do with the streetlights being on or off, this one was done in broad daylight. It has to do with someone sick enough to commit a crime as to end someone life. Everyone will keep moaning about the streetlights being left on but that's not the issue, a woman lost her life and catching the culprit that did this. gmarie
  • Score: -14

11:12am Thu 19 Jun 14

romantic says...

Part of me almost hopes it is the same person, because otherwise we have two people out there, who seem to be attacking at random. Clearly, we won't know for sure until somebody is caught. Somebody out there, a son / brother / friend / housemate has come back with blood on them, or acting strange. Somebody will be behaving strangely. Maybe somebody suspects something, but is too frightened to come forward. This person might be acting alone, perhaps there is more than one, but there will surely be some kind of change in how they are.

The idea of somebody out there targeting people at random is horrifying. This second murder was in a pretty public place, in daytime. The locations of both would suggest this is somebody local, or at least with good local knowledge. It's crucial to catch this person or people, but the police can only get anywhere with evidence. Whoever is doing this doesn't seem to be killing and then chucking the knife in the bushes, meaning that these may well be pre-meditated. As co2 says above, anybody who suspects anything should come forward, it's too important now to protect people. There is a point where it's not "grassing up".
Part of me almost hopes it is the same person, because otherwise we have two people out there, who seem to be attacking at random. Clearly, we won't know for sure until somebody is caught. Somebody out there, a son / brother / friend / housemate has come back with blood on them, or acting strange. Somebody will be behaving strangely. Maybe somebody suspects something, but is too frightened to come forward. This person might be acting alone, perhaps there is more than one, but there will surely be some kind of change in how they are. The idea of somebody out there targeting people at random is horrifying. This second murder was in a pretty public place, in daytime. The locations of both would suggest this is somebody local, or at least with good local knowledge. It's crucial to catch this person or people, but the police can only get anywhere with evidence. Whoever is doing this doesn't seem to be killing and then chucking the knife in the bushes, meaning that these may well be pre-meditated. As co2 says above, anybody who suspects anything should come forward, it's too important now to protect people. There is a point where it's not "grassing up". romantic
  • Score: 46

11:13am Thu 19 Jun 14

Mr Honest says...

For heavens sake I wish people would stop going on about streetlights. This woman was murdered between 10am and 10.40am. If a nutter wants to kill someone he or she will do it anytime of the day. Yet again as with the last murder, I am stunned nobody heard screams.
For heavens sake I wish people would stop going on about streetlights. This woman was murdered between 10am and 10.40am. If a nutter wants to kill someone he or she will do it anytime of the day. Yet again as with the last murder, I am stunned nobody heard screams. Mr Honest
  • Score: -9

12:33pm Thu 19 Jun 14

karen f says...

Actually I think we have every right to complain about the street lights being off. Yes it's right that if someone is capable of doing this in broad daylight they will but is it not bad enough this has now happened twice within 3 months without us being in fear of going out at night too. We should not have to lock ourselves away and bear in mind those who work into the early hours who have no choice but to be out, because ECC have misspent our hard - earned cash on their lunches, hotel bills and expenses.
Actually I think we have every right to complain about the street lights being off. Yes it's right that if someone is capable of doing this in broad daylight they will but is it not bad enough this has now happened twice within 3 months without us being in fear of going out at night too. We should not have to lock ourselves away and bear in mind those who work into the early hours who have no choice but to be out, because ECC have misspent our hard - earned cash on their lunches, hotel bills and expenses. karen f
  • Score: 24

1:09pm Thu 19 Jun 14

co2 says...

Mr Honest wrote:
For heavens sake I wish people would stop going on about streetlights. This woman was murdered between 10am and 10.40am. If a nutter wants to kill someone he or she will do it anytime of the day. Yet again as with the last murder, I am stunned nobody heard screams.
I agree 100% that the streetlights would have had no impact on the vicious murder of the young lady,however i know many people are now in fear for not themselves but others who may be vulnerable.
Until someone is bought to justice keeping the lights on may at least stop others worrying about their loved ones.
Our town is not safe at present and anything to make residents feel safer has to be worth paying for,or shall we make colchester a no go zone after dark ?
[quote][p][bold]Mr Honest[/bold] wrote: For heavens sake I wish people would stop going on about streetlights. This woman was murdered between 10am and 10.40am. If a nutter wants to kill someone he or she will do it anytime of the day. Yet again as with the last murder, I am stunned nobody heard screams.[/p][/quote]I agree 100% that the streetlights would have had no impact on the vicious murder of the young lady,however i know many people are now in fear for not themselves but others who may be vulnerable. Until someone is bought to justice keeping the lights on may at least stop others worrying about their loved ones. Our town is not safe at present and anything to make residents feel safer has to be worth paying for,or shall we make colchester a no go zone after dark ? co2
  • Score: 19

1:20pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Boris says...

Mr Honest wrote:
For heavens sake I wish people would stop going on about streetlights. This woman was murdered between 10am and 10.40am. If a nutter wants to kill someone he or she will do it anytime of the day. Yet again as with the last murder, I am stunned nobody heard screams.
At least two people heard shouts and screams. In yesterday's printed paper, page 3, lower right part of page, two women living nearby are reported as hearing shouting and screaming, but they took no notice. They are named in the report, so I hope by now the police have interviewed them.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Honest[/bold] wrote: For heavens sake I wish people would stop going on about streetlights. This woman was murdered between 10am and 10.40am. If a nutter wants to kill someone he or she will do it anytime of the day. Yet again as with the last murder, I am stunned nobody heard screams.[/p][/quote]At least two people heard shouts and screams. In yesterday's printed paper, page 3, lower right part of page, two women living nearby are reported as hearing shouting and screaming, but they took no notice. They are named in the report, so I hope by now the police have interviewed them. Boris
  • Score: 14

1:33pm Thu 19 Jun 14

JohnKel says...

If you know the area, you would know that street lights remain on, during the hours of darkness, along the Salary Brook trail between Clingoe Hill and Avon House Student Residences.
If you know the area, you would know that street lights remain on, during the hours of darkness, along the Salary Brook trail between Clingoe Hill and Avon House Student Residences. JohnKel
  • Score: -3

2:05pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Mmpopo says...

The street lights are an issue because, having been interviewed by police investigating the Attfield murder, I can confirm that the investigation is trying to build a picture of exactly who walked in or near Lower Castle Park that night (that's why I was interviewed). I pointed out to the police that when I walked through the Riverside estate that night the street lights were off and I was unable to see anyone else who might have been there at the time that they might want to interview. Ergo the absence of street lights is potentially causing difficulties for the Attfield investigation.
The street lights are an issue because, having been interviewed by police investigating the Attfield murder, I can confirm that the investigation is trying to build a picture of exactly who walked in or near Lower Castle Park that night (that's why I was interviewed). I pointed out to the police that when I walked through the Riverside estate that night the street lights were off and I was unable to see anyone else who might have been there at the time that they might want to interview. Ergo the absence of street lights is potentially causing difficulties for the Attfield investigation. Mmpopo
  • Score: 15

2:06pm Thu 19 Jun 14

super waluigi says...

I don't want to add fear to anything, but the Ipswich killer started out with 1 murder and ended with 5. Same for the Washington sniper.
If they do start linking the murders together (d.n.a, weapons, motives etc) then it might be beneficial for all colchester residents to be extra vigilant. While I cannot stand anyone using this murder to talk about a subject as cheap as street lights, I think it might be a good idea to use them until one or more killers are found. People should now be urged to stay in pairs, and we should get extra police patrolling the streets with random checks. After that, turn the **** lights off.
I don't want to add fear to anything, but the Ipswich killer started out with 1 murder and ended with 5. Same for the Washington sniper. If they do start linking the murders together (d.n.a, weapons, motives etc) then it might be beneficial for all colchester residents to be extra vigilant. While I cannot stand anyone using this murder to talk about a subject as cheap as street lights, I think it might be a good idea to use them until one or more killers are found. People should now be urged to stay in pairs, and we should get extra police patrolling the streets with random checks. After that, turn the **** lights off. super waluigi
  • Score: 21

2:18pm Thu 19 Jun 14

TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell says...

basically we have a f*ck*ng serial killer on the loose or a copycat killer.
i mean how much of a brain cell does it take to work that out?
2 murders and one attempted murder and the boys in blue are saying dont worry its an isolated incident, just go about your wares as usual?
like f*ck should we.
its about time the heavy mob from london were called in and clean this town up prompto.
its worse that the bronx! come on let us get a grip and get on with the job for f*ck sake. what is going to happen here is another kay o connor or jeremy bamber job we are going to be the laughing stock of all the peelers nationwide.
basically we have a f*ck*ng serial killer on the loose or a copycat killer. i mean how much of a brain cell does it take to work that out? 2 murders and one attempted murder and the boys in blue are saying dont worry its an isolated incident, just go about your wares as usual? like f*ck should we. its about time the heavy mob from london were called in and clean this town up prompto. its worse that the bronx! come on let us get a grip and get on with the job for f*ck sake. what is going to happen here is another kay o connor or jeremy bamber job we are going to be the laughing stock of all the peelers nationwide. TheBrotherhoodOfTheBell
  • Score: 8

2:18pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Route88 says...

super waluigi wrote:
I don't want to add fear to anything, but the Ipswich killer started out with 1 murder and ended with 5. Same for the Washington sniper.
If they do start linking the murders together (d.n.a, weapons, motives etc) then it might be beneficial for all colchester residents to be extra vigilant. While I cannot stand anyone using this murder to talk about a subject as cheap as street lights, I think it might be a good idea to use them until one or more killers are found. People should now be urged to stay in pairs, and we should get extra police patrolling the streets with random checks. After that, turn the **** lights off.
Interesting post, you criticise people for 'using this murder to talk about a subject as cheap as street lights' and then go on to do it yourself! We all hope the killer or killers are caught soon and as you say, we should all be extra vigilant at this point in time.
[quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: I don't want to add fear to anything, but the Ipswich killer started out with 1 murder and ended with 5. Same for the Washington sniper. If they do start linking the murders together (d.n.a, weapons, motives etc) then it might be beneficial for all colchester residents to be extra vigilant. While I cannot stand anyone using this murder to talk about a subject as cheap as street lights, I think it might be a good idea to use them until one or more killers are found. People should now be urged to stay in pairs, and we should get extra police patrolling the streets with random checks. After that, turn the **** lights off.[/p][/quote]Interesting post, you criticise people for 'using this murder to talk about a subject as cheap as street lights' and then go on to do it yourself! We all hope the killer or killers are caught soon and as you say, we should all be extra vigilant at this point in time. Route88
  • Score: 6

2:51pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Closey87 says...

There is also the bloke that got attacked/ stabbed at the bottom of castle park by leisure world... Colchester is getting worse and worse. It's not safe and even more so when no lights on. And yes I see what people are saying that if don't matter as one done in broad daylight, but if to happen again in the dark at least you get a chance to see someone coming and also people passing or cameras could see much more of whats going on. It's sad to see Colchester turning so dangerous and unsafe
There is also the bloke that got attacked/ stabbed at the bottom of castle park by leisure world... Colchester is getting worse and worse. It's not safe and even more so when no lights on. And yes I see what people are saying that if don't matter as one done in broad daylight, but if to happen again in the dark at least you get a chance to see someone coming and also people passing or cameras could see much more of whats going on. It's sad to see Colchester turning so dangerous and unsafe Closey87
  • Score: 13

3:31pm Thu 19 Jun 14

pixiebell87 says...

latest police press conference says she was stabbed 16 times
latest police press conference says she was stabbed 16 times pixiebell87
  • Score: 3

4:21pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Scoot says...

With you Ritchie, this is very very sad as is the killing of James Attfield. It is amazing though how many people are jumping to conclusions. Firstly whether the street lights were on or off or whether it happened in broad daylight is not an issue. A murderer tends to be very clever and works out where and when he/she can commit his/her crime and not be seen. The only way a murderer can be caught unless he/she is erroneously (for him/her) caught in the act or is negligent (for him/her) in covering up the evidence is for forensics to build up a profile of the murderer. This takes time and its not as simple or as quick as an episode of Death in Paradise or Morse. The Post Mortem will give some guidance as to the height of the murderer along with whether there are any similarities between the two murders. But clothes will need to be finely examined as will the surrounding area to see if there is any evidence there. This all takes time and I am sure the Police are doing their best and using the evidence they receive to find out who is responsible. I would rather the police took their time and found the right person than wasted their time on a wild goose chase arresting anyone that someone has said was acting strange. I am sure everyone can remember the landlord who was arrested and his name was released to the press the other year in the West Country but it was finally found out that a neighbour actually committed the crime. In the meantime we all have to be vigilant and take necessary precautions, as the Sarge said in Hill St Blues "let's be careful out there" .
With you Ritchie, this is very very sad as is the killing of James Attfield. It is amazing though how many people are jumping to conclusions. Firstly whether the street lights were on or off or whether it happened in broad daylight is not an issue. A murderer tends to be very clever and works out where and when he/she can commit his/her crime and not be seen. The only way a murderer can be caught unless he/she is erroneously (for him/her) caught in the act or is negligent (for him/her) in covering up the evidence is for forensics to build up a profile of the murderer. This takes time and its not as simple or as quick as an episode of Death in Paradise or Morse. The Post Mortem will give some guidance as to the height of the murderer along with whether there are any similarities between the two murders. But clothes will need to be finely examined as will the surrounding area to see if there is any evidence there. This all takes time and I am sure the Police are doing their best and using the evidence they receive to find out who is responsible. I would rather the police took their time and found the right person than wasted their time on a wild goose chase arresting anyone that someone has said was acting strange. I am sure everyone can remember the landlord who was arrested and his name was released to the press the other year in the West Country but it was finally found out that a neighbour actually committed the crime. In the meantime we all have to be vigilant and take necessary precautions, as the Sarge said in Hill St Blues "let's be careful out there" . Scoot
  • Score: 14

5:12pm Thu 19 Jun 14

JohnStang says...

Well it doesn't take a genius to understand that these two murders were most probably committed by the same individual. I think the police are in some ways culpable for not alarming the public sufficiently. The James Atfield murder had all the hallmarks of a genuine nutcase. When I read about the second attack at Leisure World I was not surprised, and I am similarly not surprised now. This is a very dangerous individual who isn't worried about getting caught, so he could literally attack at anytime.

It is time for people who use footpaths regularly to think about sticking to main roads, even if it means their journey is longer, and to always walk with someone else. Don't listen to the police trying to downplay the severity of the situation. Your safety is in YOUR hands.... not theirs.
Well it doesn't take a genius to understand that these two murders were most probably committed by the same individual. I think the police are in some ways culpable for not alarming the public sufficiently. The James Atfield murder had all the hallmarks of a genuine nutcase. When I read about the second attack at Leisure World I was not surprised, and I am similarly not surprised now. This is a very dangerous individual who isn't worried about getting caught, so he could literally attack at anytime. It is time for people who use footpaths regularly to think about sticking to main roads, even if it means their journey is longer, and to always walk with someone else. Don't listen to the police trying to downplay the severity of the situation. Your safety is in YOUR hands.... not theirs. JohnStang
  • Score: 22

5:29pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Jue_uk says...

Very sad indeed, my thoughts go out to the poor lady's family. I personally feel sickened and frightened by this, as I can imagine most people do. I think 'JohnStang' is right in saying that we all need to think of our own safety so think carefully before using secluded places on your own, it's best to be safe than sorry. The police will be doing everything they can but these things take time, let's all hope and pray that the killer/killers are caught very soon.
Very sad indeed, my thoughts go out to the poor lady's family. I personally feel sickened and frightened by this, as I can imagine most people do. I think 'JohnStang' is right in saying that we all need to think of our own safety so think carefully before using secluded places on your own, it's best to be safe than sorry. The police will be doing everything they can but these things take time, let's all hope and pray that the killer/killers are caught very soon. Jue_uk
  • Score: 11

5:31pm Thu 19 Jun 14

driver4108 says...

Why do people keep mentioning the leisureworld attack,i thought they were charged and I thought that was a robbery?
Im not sure why the police ever said that it could be racial as it has really has blown the whole case up in the muslim world!!
I wonder if they were so scared of saying we could have a serial killer on our hands that they said anything to divert suspicion!!
Why do people keep mentioning the leisureworld attack,i thought they were charged and I thought that was a robbery? Im not sure why the police ever said that it could be racial as it has really has blown the whole case up in the muslim world!! I wonder if they were so scared of saying we could have a serial killer on our hands that they said anything to divert suspicion!! driver4108
  • Score: 4

6:21pm Thu 19 Jun 14

excol says...

If it is the same person, then Maybee as time goes on, they will get more confident in themselves & more likely to trip themselves up? Condolences to both the families x
If it is the same person, then Maybee as time goes on, they will get more confident in themselves & more likely to trip themselves up? Condolences to both the families x excol
  • Score: 7

6:40pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Listening to Bob Russell on Anglia News this evening he is calling for calm in the town. It's a pity that earlier this week he voted in Parliament against government plans to toughen penalties for those caught carrying knives.
Listening to Bob Russell on Anglia News this evening he is calling for calm in the town. It's a pity that earlier this week he voted in Parliament against government plans to toughen penalties for those caught carrying knives. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 25

7:43pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Noetic says...

If experience has taught us anything , it is that when a muslim woman is killed , nearly every damned time it is by another muslim . .. family member to be precise.
Otherwise it is just a random attack that could have been done to anyone or whomever was there , wrong time ,wrong place.
less focus on hijabs and jilbobs and chadors and abayas.....more focus on ..
A PERSON DIED ON THE STREET in the daytime, in pain ...
i would not wish that on anyone but trying to score council points re:lighting budgets is just pathetic.
If experience has taught us anything , it is that when a muslim woman is killed , nearly every damned time it is by another muslim . .. family member to be precise. Otherwise it is just a random attack that could have been done to anyone or whomever was there , wrong time ,wrong place. less focus on hijabs and jilbobs and chadors and abayas.....more focus on .. A PERSON DIED ON THE STREET in the daytime, in pain ... i would not wish that on anyone but trying to score council points re:lighting budgets is just pathetic. Noetic
  • Score: -14

9:41pm Thu 19 Jun 14

sjalm01 says...

poor lady ...

hope its not a hate crime....
poor lady ... hope its not a hate crime.... sjalm01
  • Score: 3

11:30pm Thu 19 Jun 14

supermadmax says...

Probably one of them 'honour killings'.
Probably one of them 'honour killings'. supermadmax
  • Score: -2

1:57am Fri 20 Jun 14

davidddavidson says...

Has anyone Considered this to be a psychopath yet?
Has anyone Considered this to be a psychopath yet? davidddavidson
  • Score: 3

3:13am Fri 20 Jun 14

Tonyjones2015 says...

..... WHY ARE POLICE APEALING FOR PEOPLES BINS TO BE CHECKED AND GARDENS ......... 2 Murders I do not want to have a moan about the police but there should be every force from all county's HERE searching the whole area of colchester with a fine tooth comb get this done and find the weapon / weapons involved in these Vile Attacks .... I Very much agree that the street lights are not to blame in this attack but I think the council need a serious think about .the way residents feel and peoples safety are put at risk because of the lights it is a fact ...... R I P Nahid Al-Manea And James Attfield ..... Linked or Not Such a Loss ..
..... WHY ARE POLICE APEALING FOR PEOPLES BINS TO BE CHECKED AND GARDENS ......... 2 Murders I do not want to have a moan about the police but there should be every force from all county's HERE searching the whole area of colchester with a fine tooth comb get this done and find the weapon / weapons involved in these Vile Attacks .... I Very much agree that the street lights are not to blame in this attack but I think the council need a serious think about .the way residents feel and peoples safety are put at risk because of the lights it is a fact ...... R I P Nahid Al-Manea And James Attfield ..... Linked or Not Such a Loss .. Tonyjones2015
  • Score: 1

7:17am Fri 20 Jun 14

Weazelbum says...

I'm extremely worried.....for someone do this in broad daylight is terrifying. I used to walk my dog all round Castle Park on my own but I'm not any more, I stick to the very open spaces right by the houses. Even then, I find myself looking over my shoulder keeping an eye on who's about. As someone else has said, I'm desperately hoping it's the same person as the thought of two nutters running around disturbs me greatly :-/. I agree that Essex Police should maybe draft in some other expert help, whatever it takes to get this solved.
I'm extremely worried.....for someone do this in broad daylight is terrifying. I used to walk my dog all round Castle Park on my own but I'm not any more, I stick to the very open spaces right by the houses. Even then, I find myself looking over my shoulder keeping an eye on who's about. As someone else has said, I'm desperately hoping it's the same person as the thought of two nutters running around disturbs me greatly :-/. I agree that Essex Police should maybe draft in some other expert help, whatever it takes to get this solved. Weazelbum
  • Score: 6

8:47am Fri 20 Jun 14

SLord90 says...

This is so worrying :(
This is so worrying :( SLord90
  • Score: 3

9:58am Fri 20 Jun 14

Jack222 says...

Two issues

1) A nutter going around; streetlights on or off is not a relevant question. AS shown by the daylight murder.

2) There has been enough evidence from all around the county and elsewhere that streetlights off do not encourage crime. Think about it. We are talking midnight to to 5 am when all normal people (bar shift workers) are at home. Normal criminals dont want to rib places which have people. Far easier to rob in daytime when houses are empty (that's why retired people have lower insurance bills as it is assumed they are at home and so will not be robbed).

3) Those coming home from from a party / booze -up after midnight should always be coming home in taxis and such like anyway...

So keep the lights off and save our council tax money from being wasted. (And for those who dont get it - no doesn't mean we get a rebate it means certain important other council activities aren't closed in these austerity times - libraries, parks, rubbish collection and son ...)
Two issues 1) A nutter going around; streetlights on or off is not a relevant question. AS shown by the daylight murder. 2) There has been enough evidence from all around the county and elsewhere that streetlights off do not encourage crime. Think about it. We are talking midnight to to 5 am when all normal people (bar shift workers) are at home. Normal criminals dont want to rib places which have people. Far easier to rob in daytime when houses are empty (that's why retired people have lower insurance bills as it is assumed they are at home and so will not be robbed). 3) Those coming home from from a party / booze -up after midnight should always be coming home in taxis and such like anyway... So keep the lights off and save our council tax money from being wasted. (And for those who dont get it - no doesn't mean we get a rebate it means certain important other council activities aren't closed in these austerity times - libraries, parks, rubbish collection and son ...) Jack222
  • Score: -21

1:58pm Fri 20 Jun 14

G_Whiz says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
Listening to Bob Russell on Anglia News this evening he is calling for calm in the town. It's a pity that earlier this week he voted in Parliament against government plans to toughen penalties for those caught carrying knives.
I don't think even the Lib-dems know why they want to be so soft on crime - Lib-Dem is now a by-word for naive fools!
[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: Listening to Bob Russell on Anglia News this evening he is calling for calm in the town. It's a pity that earlier this week he voted in Parliament against government plans to toughen penalties for those caught carrying knives.[/p][/quote]I don't think even the Lib-dems know why they want to be so soft on crime - Lib-Dem is now a by-word for naive fools! G_Whiz
  • Score: 4

6:09pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Coraniaid_ says...

Once again the ill informed populace of Colchester use the Gazette to vent their spleens. If you drag all the police officers to Colchester to search the private gardens of residents who polices the rest of Essex? The best person to identify whether or not an item belongs in a location is the person who uses it on a regular basis ie the householder.Also one of the first rules of crime investigation is to refrain from making assumptions as this clouds judgement and leads to subjective instead of objective decision making. Plenty of evidence demonstrating this in these comments. To coin a phrase 'Everyone's an expert.'
Once again the ill informed populace of Colchester use the Gazette to vent their spleens. If you drag all the police officers to Colchester to search the private gardens of residents who polices the rest of Essex? The best person to identify whether or not an item belongs in a location is the person who uses it on a regular basis ie the householder.Also one of the first rules of crime investigation is to refrain from making assumptions as this clouds judgement and leads to subjective instead of objective decision making. Plenty of evidence demonstrating this in these comments. To coin a phrase 'Everyone's an expert.' Coraniaid_
  • Score: 2

9:04pm Fri 20 Jun 14

MISS PIP says...

Has anyone thought about the fact we could have had 3 murders , if the guy who was attacked near Leisure World had not been able to escape ? There were two male attackers then who escaoed in a car. The most recent, the poor student from Saudi Arabia, who witness's heard screaming and men's voices shouting . Men's voices, so possibly the same two men who were shouting while that poor girl was screaming and who were responsible for attacking the man at Leisure World. Just a thought .
Has anyone thought about the fact we could have had 3 murders , if the guy who was attacked near Leisure World had not been able to escape ? There were two male attackers then who escaoed in a car. The most recent, the poor student from Saudi Arabia, who witness's heard screaming and men's voices shouting . Men's voices, so possibly the same two men who were shouting while that poor girl was screaming and who were responsible for attacking the man at Leisure World. Just a thought . MISS PIP
  • Score: -2

11:02am Sat 21 Jun 14

Dan Dong says...

MISS PIP wrote:
Has anyone thought about the fact we could have had 3 murders , if the guy who was attacked near Leisure World had not been able to escape ? There were two male attackers then who escaoed in a car. The most recent, the poor student from Saudi Arabia, who witness's heard screaming and men's voices shouting . Men's voices, so possibly the same two men who were shouting while that poor girl was screaming and who were responsible for attacking the man at Leisure World. Just a thought .
Unless whoever is doing this is caught quickly Colchester is in big trouble - it is clear the worst type of serial killer is at large, attacking random members of the public (not the traditional victims of choice such as prostitutes) at night and during broad daylight not caring if it is male or female. No-one is safe.
[quote][p][bold]MISS PIP[/bold] wrote: Has anyone thought about the fact we could have had 3 murders , if the guy who was attacked near Leisure World had not been able to escape ? There were two male attackers then who escaoed in a car. The most recent, the poor student from Saudi Arabia, who witness's heard screaming and men's voices shouting . Men's voices, so possibly the same two men who were shouting while that poor girl was screaming and who were responsible for attacking the man at Leisure World. Just a thought .[/p][/quote]Unless whoever is doing this is caught quickly Colchester is in big trouble - it is clear the worst type of serial killer is at large, attacking random members of the public (not the traditional victims of choice such as prostitutes) at night and during broad daylight not caring if it is male or female. No-one is safe. Dan Dong
  • Score: 4

10:30am Sun 22 Jun 14

blockpaver says...

It’s heart rending to see this young lady walking along not care in the world, no doubt looking forward to her day of studies and socialising and in 20 minutes some scum-bag has stolen her tomorrows. It makes most of the comments on this page appear somewhat irrelevant.
It’s heart rending to see this young lady walking along not care in the world, no doubt looking forward to her day of studies and socialising and in 20 minutes some scum-bag has stolen her tomorrows. It makes most of the comments on this page appear somewhat irrelevant. blockpaver
  • Score: 5

1:05pm Mon 23 Jun 14

intrestedlocal says...

Such devastating and worrying news. RIP to Nahid and James. I am sure the police are doing what they can but surly there is more to these murders and the assaults going on in Colchester?. This is so unsettling for Colchester folk. I live nearby both murder locations (and its pitch dark at night with pathways and fields/ open spaces very near by) and although i will not go out alone (which is very sad that i cannot even walk to the local shop) i am now starting to worry when i am in my home. Whos to say what will happen next and who will get targeted next? who knows if this is a lone worker or a group of people?. I am a young women who is having to stay at a friends as i am so petrified. Something needs to be done. Every time someone knew is arrested i feel a bit more relaxed but they are then released and my anxiety is back up. People are saying 'dont worry too much, it happens all the time in london', at least in london there is usually a reason for the murder i.e drugs or gang related and it is not usually stabbings of 100+ times. Perhaps there isnt a link between the two murders but its even worse to think there are two or more murderers on the streets of Colchester. Personally this has really affected me and im sure a lot of Colchester. We should not have to live in fear of what will happen next. My thoughts are with the family of Nahid and James and lets hope no more lives are taken and so brutally. I am deeply saddened and worried for the community of colchester
Such devastating and worrying news. RIP to Nahid and James. I am sure the police are doing what they can but surly there is more to these murders and the assaults going on in Colchester?. This is so unsettling for Colchester folk. I live nearby both murder locations (and its pitch dark at night with pathways and fields/ open spaces very near by) and although i will not go out alone (which is very sad that i cannot even walk to the local shop) i am now starting to worry when i am in my home. Whos to say what will happen next and who will get targeted next? who knows if this is a lone worker or a group of people?. I am a young women who is having to stay at a friends as i am so petrified. Something needs to be done. Every time someone knew is arrested i feel a bit more relaxed but they are then released and my anxiety is back up. People are saying 'dont worry too much, it happens all the time in london', at least in london there is usually a reason for the murder i.e drugs or gang related and it is not usually stabbings of 100+ times. Perhaps there isnt a link between the two murders but its even worse to think there are two or more murderers on the streets of Colchester. Personally this has really affected me and im sure a lot of Colchester. We should not have to live in fear of what will happen next. My thoughts are with the family of Nahid and James and lets hope no more lives are taken and so brutally. I am deeply saddened and worried for the community of colchester intrestedlocal
  • Score: 1

3:32pm Thu 26 Jun 14

midnightpumpkin says...

I walk my dog down a ally way there's a streetlight there and noticed it can be turned on or off manually I'm gonna look at doing the same in my road . Every one take care in the dark, morning or night this person is the same for both attacks I've heard that the person gouged out the eyes of both victims with brute force to the head.This person is getting used to the fear now so won't be long before the next killing. Stay alert stay away from undergrowth and allys if possible take an alternative route it might be longer but at least you will be home and near built up areas.
I walk my dog down a ally way there's a streetlight there and noticed it can be turned on or off manually I'm gonna look at doing the same in my road . Every one take care in the dark, morning or night this person is the same for both attacks I've heard that the person gouged out the eyes of both victims with brute force to the head.This person is getting used to the fear now so won't be long before the next killing. Stay alert stay away from undergrowth and allys if possible take an alternative route it might be longer but at least you will be home and near built up areas. midnightpumpkin
  • Score: 0

4:12pm Thu 26 Jun 14

midnightpumpkin says...

MISS PIP wrote:
Has anyone thought about the fact we could have had 3 murders , if the guy who was attacked near Leisure World had not been able to escape ? There were two male attackers then who escaoed in a car. The most recent, the poor student from Saudi Arabia, who witness's heard screaming and men's voices shouting . Men's voices, so possibly the same two men who were shouting while that poor girl was screaming and who were responsible for attacking the man at Leisure World. Just a thought .
The leisure world incident have been caught and been in custody for a few weeks now
[quote][p][bold]MISS PIP[/bold] wrote: Has anyone thought about the fact we could have had 3 murders , if the guy who was attacked near Leisure World had not been able to escape ? There were two male attackers then who escaoed in a car. The most recent, the poor student from Saudi Arabia, who witness's heard screaming and men's voices shouting . Men's voices, so possibly the same two men who were shouting while that poor girl was screaming and who were responsible for attacking the man at Leisure World. Just a thought .[/p][/quote]The leisure world incident have been caught and been in custody for a few weeks now midnightpumpkin
  • Score: 0

4:20pm Thu 26 Jun 14

midnightpumpkin says...

STOP THE PRESS!!!!!.

Don't we live in a military town:c'mon boys and girls how about some support from you with some foot patrols through these allys all over Colchester and of course please be armed this KILLER is.
STOP THE PRESS!!!!!. Don't we live in a military town:c'mon boys and girls how about some support from you with some foot patrols through these allys all over Colchester and of course please be armed this KILLER is. midnightpumpkin
  • Score: 0

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