Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 15°C

Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Colchester: Crimestoppers offer £10,000 reward for Nahid Almenea murder information

14:39 25 June 2014

Photo taken from CCTV footage issued by Essex Police of Nahid Almanea, 31.

Photo taken from CCTV footage issued by Essex Police of Nahid Almanea, 31.

Crime-fighting charity 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 a 31-year-old woman from Colchester.

Nahid Almenea was found on a footpath on land off Avon Way just before 10.40am on June 17. She had been stabbed a number of times.

It is believed that she left her home in Woodrow Way and then made her way down across Avon Way onto the Salary Brook Trail.

She was attacked along Salary Brook Trail at around 10.40am.

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

Ann Scott, eastern regional manager for Crimestoppers, said: “The murder of Nahid has left Colchester residents feeling shocked, saddened and distressed.

“However, during this time of immense tragedy the whole community can unite in helping Essex Police find the person or persons responsible for this horrific murder.

“I would urge anyone with information no matter how insignificant they feel it might be or anyone with niggling suspicions they are unsure of to contact us anonymously safe in the knowledge that their identity will not be revealed.

“It could be vital in helping police to bring this person or persons to justice. In over 25 years we have never revealed anyone’s identity.

“I live in this community myself. I am reassured by the extra Police presence and know that Essex Police are doing everything possible to find the person or persons responsible for both murders.

Richard Barnard, Head of the International Academy at the University of Essex said at today’s press conference held into the murder of the 31-year-old: “Our University community is still shocked and deeply upset following the death of Nahid. Our sense of outrage has not diminished.

“We are doing everything we can to support Essex Police in finding the person responsible and also working extremely closely with them to provide support and reassurance to our students.

“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 making very good progress and her confidence was visibly growing. In fact she had just achieved the highest score in her class for her most recent grammar and vocabulary test, although we did not get the chance to share this with her.

“Our University is a strong international and multicultural community and we will continue to stand together to honour the memory of such a talented member of our community who is missed by all who knew her.”

Crimestoppers are also increasing their previous reward of up to £5,000 for information on the murder of James Attfield to £10,000.

The regional manager at the charity added: “It is natural to feel nervous about what has happened in Colchester and this is why we are increasing the reward for information on the murder of James Attfield. Please come forward with any information you have and give these two families some answers.

“Somebody somewhere knows who took these innocent people’s life.”

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

If you have any information on either incident please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Rewards will only be payable for information passed to Crimestoppers over the phone. Information passed to Crimestoppers via their online secure form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or given directly to police will not qualify. If the two murders are positively linked by police then the claimant will only be eligible to claim up to £10,000.

1 comment

  • Colchester Evening Star state £20K & Sky News state £20K reward. Have a look and amend this is wrong.

    Report this comment

    Hawk Eye

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Suffolk Rape Crisis employees who launched the appeal. 
L-R Helen Taylor, Louise Hayward, Selina Wagstaff, Shane Begby, Chris Nightingale.

A crowdfunding appeal set up to help save a Suffolk charity that supports survivors of sexual violence has reached its £1,125 target in under 48 hours.

Stock image.

A man has been robbed of his mobile phone after attacked in Ipswich overnight.

Former Ipswich Town footballer John Wark talks with Brenda Caley and Glenis Caley during the launch of Football Memories at Synergy Cafe.

With the 1978 FA Cup Final showing on a television screen in the background, three Ipswich Town legends who had helped bring the Blues victory during that game wander the room.

The former St George's School in Great Finborough

A man who claims he was sexually abused by a former Suffolk school teacher at another school more than 40 years ago felt he had a duty to come forward after seeing a news item about him being extradited to the UK from France, a court heard.

Norwich Road, Ipswich.

Potential fire hazards at houses and businesses in the Norwich Road area of Ipswich will be identified and addressed next week.

Stowmarket and Area Foodbank who are running low on food after high demand in recent weeks 
Eddie Smith, Paul Campbell and Mike Smith

A Suffolk foodbank is running out of food – following an “unprecedented” spike in demand.

A tour of Cupola House in Bury St Edmunds. Back L-R: Ben Whatling (contract manager - Seamans), Simon Marks (Purcell), Dave Clarke (structural engineer) with Alicia Ridout (Purcell).

A sneak peek behind the hoarding of Cupola House has revealed the tremendous scale and intricacy involved in restoring one of Bury St Edmunds’ iconic buildings to its former glory.

The A12 near Kelvedon

A motorist has admitting putting on makeup – as she drove at 60mph along the A12.

Metin Ozer, from Mr Chippys Fish and Seafood Restaurant, Simone McLean, from S&S Caribbean Cafe, Sharalyne Monk, from Zebra News, Jessica Schomberg, from Jes, Izabela Serwin, from Cardamon Cafe, and April Moodie, from Music Warehouse, are angry how a trade is being affected due to a portion of St John's Street in Colchester is blocked due to sewer repairs.

Businesses say they have been left counting the cost and struggling for survival after a collapsed sewer has closed a Colchester town centre road for six weeks.

Lucy and Sophie Earthroll. Photo: Stephanie Mackentyre.

A Felixstowe mum has spoken of the “absolutely horrible” moment she feared her teenage daughter might have been a victim of the Istanbul airport terrorist attack.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24