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Colchester: Detectives investigating Nahid Almanea murder outline scale of the operation to date

PUBLISHED: 13:51 04 July 2014 | UPDATED: 13:51 04 July 2014

Essex Police search the area near Scarfe Way in Colchester which is close to the main crime scene in relation to the investigation into the murder of Nahid Almanea.

Essex Police search the area near Scarfe Way in Colchester which is close to the main crime scene in relation to the investigation into the murder of Nahid Almanea.

Sarah Lucy brown

Detectives investigating the murder of Nahid Almanea in Colchester last month have taken more than 200 statements from the public and received 527 calls to the incident room.

Essex Police’s Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Worron said the hunt to find the Saudi Arabian student’s killers “continues at a great pace”.

Ms Ahemd, 31, was stabbed 16 times on the Salary Brook Trail, which runs between Greenstead estate and Essex University, where she studied, on the morning of June 17.

In the past two and a half weeks, Det Ch Supt Worron said more than 100 detectives had been working to solve the murder and to find the killer of James Attfield, who was attacked in Lower Castle Park in March,

More than 600 properties have been visited as part of house to house inquiries and anniversary checks have been carried out in the area.

Det Ch Supt Worron said search teams have been working round the clock with a total of 367 officers operating on 12 hour shifts over a 15 day period.

“These search teams have been supported by other agencies which have helped to clear trees and drain lakes,” he added.

“So far 450 metres of the Salary Brook Trail has been searched as well as 48 private gardens.”

“We have also dredged 468 drains. During the course of these searches we have seized 2,100 exhibits. This number is expected to rise as our search of the Salary Brook Trail area continues over the weekend.”

“The investigations into the murders of Nahid Almanea and James Attfield are two of the largest carried out by Essex Police in last 10 years.”

“Their family and friends have my commitment that Essex Police is doing everything possible to bring those responsible to justice.”

“I can confirm that the knife found in Hawthorn Avenue, Colchester, on Tuesday, June 24, has been ruled out of the investigation following forensic tests.

“I would like to thank the member of the public who told us about it and would urge anybody who does see anything suspicious to contact us immediately.

“People may be in their gardens over the weekend and if they see anything they may not have spotted before call our incident room on 01245 282103. “

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