Reward of up to £10,000 for information on Nahid Almenea murder

We are offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information passed to us which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of 31-year-old Nahid Almenea in Colchester.

25 June 2014

Nahid was found on a footpath on land off Avon Way just before 10.40am on the morning of Tuesday 17 June 2014. She had been stabbed a number of times.

It is believed that Nahid 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.

Did you see Nahid Almenea?

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
  • a patterned multi-coloured headscarf, known as a Hijab
  • a black bag with orange panels which she was carrying on a shoulder strap.

Colchester can unite to help Essex Police

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 and 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 a safe alternative to pass on information about crime if they do not want to speak directly to the Police."

Increased reward for information on James Attfield murder

We are increasing our previous reward of up to £5,000 for information on the murder of James Attfield to £10,000 which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for his murder. Police do not yet know whether the murders of Nahid Almanea and James Attfield have been committed by the same person or people.

“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. However, 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.”

Ann Scott Easter Regional Manager, Crimestoppers

How to contact us

If you have any information on either incident please contact us anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our Anonymous Online Form.

Please note that rewards will only be payable for information passed to us on 0800 555 111. Information passed to us via the Anonymous Online Form 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.

The Crimestoppers guarantee

We make it easier for you to come forward by breaking the silence around criminal activity and removing your fear.

  • You will not be asked to reveal your name or any personal details.
  • Your call will not be recorded.
  • Crimestoppers have no caller line display, no 1471 facility and have never traced a call.
  • Online reports are given the same levels of anonymity as phone calls.
  • We create a report from the information you give us and our specially trained call agents will check that this report contains no information that might identify you, e.g. if the call is about your neighbour, we won't mention this.
  • Our call agents do not make a note of gender, accents, apparent age or ethnicity of any caller and cannot pass that detail to law enforcement. Even if you give personal details, those will not be passed on.