Police build up picture of people they want to speak to over murder of Nahid Al-Manea in Greenstead

Nahid Almanea murder latest

Nahid Almanea murder latest

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A fundraising campaign for a scholarship in memory of Nahid Al-Manea has been launched.  

A fund to support the scholarship, which is expected to be for an international student who wants to work in science education.

Essex University has launched a fundraising campaign for the scholarship. 

Vice-Chancellor Professor Anthony Forster said: “Nahid was an exceptional student who had impressed her teachers through her hard work and enthusiasm for her studies.

"She will be missed by all who knew her.
“The scholarship in memory of Nahid will help us to honour a talented member of our community both now and in the years ahead.
“Our University is incredibly proud of the strength of our international and diverse community and we hope people will stand with us in remembering and honouring Nahid by making a donation to the scholarship fund.”

Those wanting to make a donation can go to the Essex Spirit blog by clicking here. 

Gazette: Dedicated cops working 14-hour days to keep Colchester safe after Nahid Al-Manea murder

Detectives investigating the murder of a Colchester student still have descriptions of seven people they urgently want to speak to.

Two new people are being sought after the investigation was said to have gathered “great pace” over the weekend.

One of those is described as a tall man wearing a trilby style-hat who was seen in the area around the time of the murder.

He is described as slim and was wearing a long dark trench style coat. His hat may have been green or dark blue and he had long dark wispy hair.

Det Chief Supt Steve Worron, who is leading the investigation, said: “For me that’s a fairly distinctive description and I think the person wearing this item or anyone who has seen him would remember that.

Another new description released is of a man walking two Staffordshire Bull Terrier-type dogs who was seen coming from Scarfe Way, Greenstead, around the time of the murder. Nahid Al-Manea was stabbed 16 times on the Salary Brook Trail on Tuesday June 17.

More than 300 police officers are working 14-hour days to keep Colchester safe and apprehend the killer, or killers.

Other descriptions of people police want to speak to are: 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, beige 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.

He was walking from the direction of the university towards the Greenstead estate on the Salary Brook Trail.

*Detectives also want to speak to anyone who may have been fishing or bird watching in the area at the time of the murder. If you were there overnight on Monday, June 16 or in the early hours of Tuesday, June 17 call the incident room number 01245 282103.

*Other people police would like to trace who were in the area on the day Nahid was murdered are a woman dog walker who was walking from the underpass with a number of dogs.

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*Police would like to speak to two cyclists who were seen using the trail on the morning that Nahid was killed. The man and woman were cycling together and may have seen Nahid after she was attacked. They were seen by a witness at 10.45am on Tuesday, June 17, coming from the direction of the university towards Greenstead on the Salary Brook Trail. The man is described as being olive skinned with dark hair. He was in his early 20s and looked tall and slim. The woman is thought to be in her 20s with long dark hair. She was wearing what has been described as a flowing pattern tiered skirt.

*Officers would still like to speak to a man seen running up Hewes Close, away from the Salary Brook Trail at 10.56am on Tuesday, June 17. He is described as white, aged between 18 and 25, of medium build and with dark hair. He was wearing a long sleeve plain hooded top that is described as London bus red and dark trousers.

If you can help with any information about these people, if you know who they are or if you think it you, call 01245 282103 now. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers has offered a reward of £10,000 to anyone with information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the murder of Nahid Almanea.

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9:37am Mon 30 Jun 14

HARRY438 says...

That narrows the suspects down to a finite degree...........
That narrows the suspects down to a finite degree........... HARRY438
  • Score: -6

10:55am Mon 30 Jun 14

graham1983 says...

The police still have absolutely no idea on who committed these murders. I really cant believe it. Poor Jims funeral today also, RIP!
The police still have absolutely no idea on who committed these murders. I really cant believe it. Poor Jims funeral today also, RIP! graham1983
  • Score: 14

11:17am Mon 30 Jun 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

graham1983 wrote:
The police still have absolutely no idea on who committed these murders. I really cant believe it. Poor Jims funeral today also, RIP!
Why has it taken 3 months before his family can hold the funeral? If I remember Nahid Al-Manea's body was repatriated all the way to Saudi Arabia after the postmortem and her funeral took place within 4 days of her brutal murder. Was this anything to do with the Saudi's exerting pressure on our government?

However, I'm sure today's funeral for James I'm will go some way towards helping his family have a degree of closure, albeit somewhat late. RIP James.
[quote][p][bold]graham1983[/bold] wrote: The police still have absolutely no idea on who committed these murders. I really cant believe it. Poor Jims funeral today also, RIP![/p][/quote]Why has it taken 3 months before his family can hold the funeral? If I remember Nahid Al-Manea's body was repatriated all the way to Saudi Arabia after the postmortem and her funeral took place within 4 days of her brutal murder. Was this anything to do with the Saudi's exerting pressure on our government? However, I'm sure today's funeral for James I'm will go some way towards helping his family have a degree of closure, albeit somewhat late. RIP James. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 20

11:43am Mon 30 Jun 14

HARRY438 says...

Why do Muslims bury within 24 Hours of death?
Muslims believe in keeping the body as close as possible to its natural state. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, the body is not embalmed, frozen
or autopsied.

It is also because Islam began in a really hot climate where the spread of disease was a very real peril and bodies decayed fast. The best way to make sure dead bodies don't spread disease in such climates is simply to bury them fast. This also keeps the dignity of the person.

Muslims feel the world as temporary place, when soul leaves the body there is no reason to keep the body and real life begin after death.

Many Islamic States have their own customs and laws regarding burial.

Jews also bury their dead within 24 hours.
Why do Muslims bury within 24 Hours of death? Muslims believe in keeping the body as close as possible to its natural state. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, the body is not embalmed, frozen or autopsied. It is also because Islam began in a really hot climate where the spread of disease was a very real peril and bodies decayed fast. The best way to make sure dead bodies don't spread disease in such climates is simply to bury them fast. This also keeps the dignity of the person. Muslims feel the world as temporary place, when soul leaves the body there is no reason to keep the body and real life begin after death. Many Islamic States have their own customs and laws regarding burial. Jews also bury their dead within 24 hours. HARRY438
  • Score: 3

12:09pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

HARRY438 wrote:
Why do Muslims bury within 24 Hours of death?
Muslims believe in keeping the body as close as possible to its natural state. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, the body is not embalmed, frozen
or autopsied.

It is also because Islam began in a really hot climate where the spread of disease was a very real peril and bodies decayed fast. The best way to make sure dead bodies don't spread disease in such climates is simply to bury them fast. This also keeps the dignity of the person.

Muslims feel the world as temporary place, when soul leaves the body there is no reason to keep the body and real life begin after death.

Many Islamic States have their own customs and laws regarding burial.

Jews also bury their dead within 24 hours.
Fair point on religious grounds, if hers was a normal death. However these were both very brutal murders so why did the police allow one body to be released within a couple of days but they delayed 3 months and in doing so they left James's family far to long to get his body back? It's most probably more to do with who was pulling the strings than on religion grounds. Are you saying its acceptable to keep non Muslim or Jewish people for such a lengthy period of time?
[quote][p][bold]HARRY438[/bold] wrote: Why do Muslims bury within 24 Hours of death? Muslims believe in keeping the body as close as possible to its natural state. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, the body is not embalmed, frozen or autopsied. It is also because Islam began in a really hot climate where the spread of disease was a very real peril and bodies decayed fast. The best way to make sure dead bodies don't spread disease in such climates is simply to bury them fast. This also keeps the dignity of the person. Muslims feel the world as temporary place, when soul leaves the body there is no reason to keep the body and real life begin after death. Many Islamic States have their own customs and laws regarding burial. Jews also bury their dead within 24 hours.[/p][/quote]Fair point on religious grounds, if hers was a normal death. However these were both very brutal murders so why did the police allow one body to be released within a couple of days but they delayed 3 months and in doing so they left James's family far to long to get his body back? It's most probably more to do with who was pulling the strings than on religion grounds. Are you saying its acceptable to keep non Muslim or Jewish people for such a lengthy period of time? Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 15

12:26pm Mon 30 Jun 14

HARRY438 says...

I am saying nothing, only quoting the reasons for quick burial in the Middle East.
RIP, James.
I am saying nothing, only quoting the reasons for quick burial in the Middle East. RIP, James. HARRY438
  • Score: 1

12:53pm Mon 30 Jun 14

super waluigi says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
HARRY438 wrote:
Why do Muslims bury within 24 Hours of death?
Muslims believe in keeping the body as close as possible to its natural state. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, the body is not embalmed, frozen
or autopsied.

It is also because Islam began in a really hot climate where the spread of disease was a very real peril and bodies decayed fast. The best way to make sure dead bodies don't spread disease in such climates is simply to bury them fast. This also keeps the dignity of the person.

Muslims feel the world as temporary place, when soul leaves the body there is no reason to keep the body and real life begin after death.

Many Islamic States have their own customs and laws regarding burial.

Jews also bury their dead within 24 hours.
Fair point on religious grounds, if hers was a normal death. However these were both very brutal murders so why did the police allow one body to be released within a couple of days but they delayed 3 months and in doing so they left James's family far to long to get his body back? It's most probably more to do with who was pulling the strings than on religion grounds. Are you saying its acceptable to keep non Muslim or Jewish people for such a lengthy period of time?
The police will only release information that helps them catch the killer. They have no obligation to the public to tell us how far into the investigation they are, or when they plan on arrest. They may be days or years away from am arrest, so it is always best not to speculate.
[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HARRY438[/bold] wrote: Why do Muslims bury within 24 Hours of death? Muslims believe in keeping the body as close as possible to its natural state. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, the body is not embalmed, frozen or autopsied. It is also because Islam began in a really hot climate where the spread of disease was a very real peril and bodies decayed fast. The best way to make sure dead bodies don't spread disease in such climates is simply to bury them fast. This also keeps the dignity of the person. Muslims feel the world as temporary place, when soul leaves the body there is no reason to keep the body and real life begin after death. Many Islamic States have their own customs and laws regarding burial. Jews also bury their dead within 24 hours.[/p][/quote]Fair point on religious grounds, if hers was a normal death. However these were both very brutal murders so why did the police allow one body to be released within a couple of days but they delayed 3 months and in doing so they left James's family far to long to get his body back? It's most probably more to do with who was pulling the strings than on religion grounds. Are you saying its acceptable to keep non Muslim or Jewish people for such a lengthy period of time?[/p][/quote]The police will only release information that helps them catch the killer. They have no obligation to the public to tell us how far into the investigation they are, or when they plan on arrest. They may be days or years away from am arrest, so it is always best not to speculate. super waluigi
  • Score: -1

12:53pm Mon 30 Jun 14

super waluigi says...

I am not sure why my last comment tagged to the bottom of another thread!!!!

Sorry.
I am not sure why my last comment tagged to the bottom of another thread!!!! Sorry. super waluigi
  • Score: 0

12:56pm Mon 30 Jun 14

cabbie77 says...

HARRY438 wrote:
I am saying nothing, only quoting the reasons for quick burial in the Middle East.
RIP, James.
Probably cause it will get deleted hey
[quote][p][bold]HARRY438[/bold] wrote: I am saying nothing, only quoting the reasons for quick burial in the Middle East. RIP, James.[/p][/quote]Probably cause it will get deleted hey cabbie77
  • Score: 5

10:01pm Mon 30 Jun 14

colchlad says...

How has the investigation 'gathered at pace', they just have a few vauge descriptions of people who likely didn't see anything, they'd have come forward if they had im sure. It seems to me that again they have very little to go on. Jim Attfields murder seemed to somehow matter less to the police than the latest murder, the fact remains these are likely the same killer. I've lived in Colchester area my whole life, there has never been a frenzied stabbing in public in those 35 plus years, suddenly we have 2 in 3 or 4 months, please. The sheer excessive brutality links them. If Ms Almanea was stabbed once, maybe a different killer, 16 times in a public place come on. If the police knew they were linked, the last thing they'd do is publicly say so. What worries me is the best chance of catching this 'person' is if tries it again, cos if they had anything significant he'd be caught already. It's like the Ipswich murders all over again, he went on to kill five. Profilers have said 'likely linked and won't stop until caught.'
How has the investigation 'gathered at pace', they just have a few vauge descriptions of people who likely didn't see anything, they'd have come forward if they had im sure. It seems to me that again they have very little to go on. Jim Attfields murder seemed to somehow matter less to the police than the latest murder, the fact remains these are likely the same killer. I've lived in Colchester area my whole life, there has never been a frenzied stabbing in public in those 35 plus years, suddenly we have 2 in 3 or 4 months, please. The sheer excessive brutality links them. If Ms Almanea was stabbed once, maybe a different killer, 16 times in a public place come on. If the police knew they were linked, the last thing they'd do is publicly say so. What worries me is the best chance of catching this 'person' is if tries it again, cos if they had anything significant he'd be caught already. It's like the Ipswich murders all over again, he went on to kill five. Profilers have said 'likely linked and won't stop until caught.' colchlad
  • Score: 4

11:39pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Rachy888 says...

Omg now im scared!!
Omg now im scared!! Rachy888
  • Score: -2

8:33am Tue 1 Jul 14

Colchester9773 says...

I have also heard that a soldier was stabbed outside Hipperdrome the other night - i havent seen that reported. With the two murders and the stabbing at Leisure World it concerns me how knife crime has suddenly become more prevelant in Colchester. The level of violent crime in Colchester seems to have increased significantly in the last 12 months; we were told by a police person a few months ago that a number of trouble makers in London had been moved from London to Colchester - which sems to correspond; moving one problem to a new area rather than deal with the problem.
I have also heard that a soldier was stabbed outside Hipperdrome the other night - i havent seen that reported. With the two murders and the stabbing at Leisure World it concerns me how knife crime has suddenly become more prevelant in Colchester. The level of violent crime in Colchester seems to have increased significantly in the last 12 months; we were told by a police person a few months ago that a number of trouble makers in London had been moved from London to Colchester - which sems to correspond; moving one problem to a new area rather than deal with the problem. Colchester9773
  • Score: -3

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