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Reward To Find Colchester Killer
The charity Crimestoppers has offered a reward of up to £10,000 to find the killed of a Saudi student in Colchester.
Nahid Almanea was stabbed 16 times on the Salary Brook Trial while walking to lectures at the University of Essex at around 10.40am last Tuesday (17 June).
At a news conference yesterday (Wednesday 25 June) about Ms Almanea's death, police disclosed that 38 knives have been recovered as part of the inquiry.
Since her killing, 600 calls have been made to the incident room, 325 house-to-house inquiries made and 244 people spoken to during stop checks one week on from her death.
Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Worron, of Essex Police, said: "Eight days on from the tragic murder of Nahid Almanea, a guest in our country and a devoted student at the University of Essex, we continue to make good progress with the investigation.
"So far we have had a fantastic response from the public, and I'm really grateful for the support they have given us.
"But I do believe that there are still members of the public who could come forward and help us as witnesses.''
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.
"And please tell others that there is this safe alternative to pass on information about crime if they do not want to speak directly to Police."
Crimestoppers are also increasing their previous reward of up to £5,000 for information on the murder of James Attfield to £10,000. 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 our anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. You can also call the incident room on 01245 282103.
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