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  1. Updates on Friday, 22 April 2016
  2. Teenager James Fairweather found guilty of murdering James Attfield and Nahid Almanea following a two-week trial at Guildford Crown Court
  3. Fairweather's early school reports tell of a boy "sensitive to the feelings of others" but later reports showed evidence of violence
  4. He has been remanded in custody at a medium secure unit until he is sentenced at the Old Bailey next week
  5. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Monday

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Weather: Light rain moving in and cold overnight

BBC Weather

There could be some light rain on the way in the next few hours, but it will clear away to leave a cold night with a chance of a grass frost in some places.

Weather map

Tomorrow's set to start off cold, but there will be some sunshine around too. It will feel chilly in a moderate northerly breeze, with temperatures reaching highs of just 10C (50F).  

Check the latest forecast from BBC Weather.

Colchester murders: Fairweather was known to youth offending team

Charlie Jones

BBC Local Live

Fairweather was referred to a youth offending team after he punched an acquaintance in the head and held up a convenience store with a kitchen knife in January 2014.  

An Essex County Council spokesperson said it had carried our a review of the case which found it could not have prevented the killings, the first of which happened just two months later.

the two victims

“We can confirm that the defendant was known to the Youth Offending Team and was subject to a 12 month referral order. 

During that time he had contact with the Youth Offending Team at least once a week and complied with all actions and appointments required of him. A referral order does not warrant constant supervision," a spokesman added.

Colchester murders: Almanea 'missed by her teachers and fellow students'

Charlie Jones

BBC Local Live

Essex University, where Fairweather's second victim Nahid Almanea was studying, said it will continue to honour her memory through the Almanea Scholarship for Science, which is offered to overseas students studying science or health-related subjects at postgraduate level.

Nahid Almanea

Registrar of the University of Essex Bryn Morris said: “Nahid was a bright, talented and conscientious member of our University community. She was a considerate and well-respected student on our Essex English Language Programme and is missed by her teachers and fellow students."

Colchester murders timeline: Key dates leading up to the conviction

29 May 2015: Fairweather charged with both murders

Colchester double murders: Attacks 'shocking' because of killer's age

Speaking after James Fairweather was found guilty of the 2014 murders of two strangers, Paul Scothern, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "This was a shocking case, particularly because of the young age of the defendant at the time and because the brutal attacks he carried out were entirely random." 

Essex Police

Mr Scothern said Fairweather had "absolutely no reason" to attack them, adding: "Our evidence was that he was in control at the time, he knew what he was doing, he prepared for the killings by arming himself with a knife and gloves, and he took steps afterwards to conceal what he had done."   

Colchester murders timeline: How a double murderer was arrested

26 May 2015: Fairweather arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon

Colchester murders: Timeline

Here is a timeline of the murders...

29 March 2014: James Attfield found dead on Riverside Path

Colchester double murders: Scale of investigation revealed

The investigation was one of the biggest Essex Police has ever undertaken, as revealed by these numbers.

graphic on scale of investigation

Colchester double murders: Police call crimes 'horrendous'

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Worron led over 1,500 police officers as part of the investigation, and said it was a "long and difficult inquiry".

There were extensive forensic searches and officers spoke to hundreds of potential witnesses, reviewed hundreds of hours of CCTV and examined telephone records and social media posts.  

Colchester double murders: Fairweather was 'turned on' by serial killers

Fairweather was "turned on" by serial killers and researched Ian Huntley, Myra Hindley and Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, of whom he had a picture on his phone. The court heard his favourite serial killer was American Ted Bundy, who sexually assaulted, murdered and decapitated his victims. He wanted to emulate the serial killers he idolised and fantasised about killing his headteacher and parents, the jury was told . 

Essex Police

After he killed, he obsessively looked up press coverage of the murders on the internet. He spent his days thinking about "killing, raping and watching pornography", the jury of five men and seven women were told.   

Colchester double murders: Map of the killings

Essex Police has released this map of the investigation into the Colchester double murders, which Assistant Chief Constable Steve Worron said was "one of the biggest investigations" ever carried out by the force.

Essex Police

Colchester double murders: Killer showed 'no reaction'

Fairweather showed no emotion as the jury delivered its unanimous verdicts after deliberating for eight hours and 33 minutes. 

Jame Fairweather
Essex Police

Mr Justice Robin Spencer QC warned the teenager he faced a lengthy prison sentence, adding that the starting point for two murders for someone under 18 is 12 years. 

He also turned and thanked the jurors for their "diligence" in dealing with such a "harrowing" case before excusing them from jury service for four years. 

Colchester double murders: Video of police interview

Police released a video of their interview with James Fairweather, in which he described stabbing his first victim, James Attfield.

He says: "The voices were talking to me: 'You need to make a sacrifice or we're going to come and get you'."

View more on youtube

Colchester double murders: Second victim's family 'left devastated'

Fairweather's second victim, Nahid Almanea, a 31-year-old student at the University of Essex, was stabbed on the Salary Brook Trail footpath on 17 June as she walked to the Wivenhoe campus from her accommodation in Woodrow Way.

In the month following her death, her family issued a statement saying they has been left "devastated by the terrible murder of Nahid."

Nahid Almanea
Essex Police

"Nahid was a remarkable and gentle person who was loved for her kind and caring nature. Publicly Nahid was a quiet and dignified lady.

"However, when she was with her family Nahid was a warm and loving person who enjoyed laughter and the company of her parents, siblings and extended family. The amount of people that attended Nahid’s funeral is a tribute to how much she was cared for and respected,” the statement said. 

Colchester double murders: Killer to be sentenced next Friday

Samantha Dalton

BBC Essex

Following the verdict, Fairweather was remanded in custody ahead of his sentencing at the Old Bailey next Friday.

James Fairweather
Essex Police

Steve Worron, Assistant Chief Constable of Essex Police, said: "Fairweather admitted killing James and Nahid, but denied their murder was calculated and pre-planned.

"He then forced their families to endure the pain and grief of a trial rather than admitting he had murdered them.

"Today's verdict will never heal the pain of losing their loved ones in such horrific circumstances.

"Hopefully they now have some answers and can be reassured their killer will face a long time behind bars."

Colchester double murders: Victim's family say killer is 'a monster'

Fairweather's first victim, James Attfield was found with 102 stab wounds near Castle Park in Colchester, in March 2014.

Speaking after the trial, his mother Julie Finch thanked police and said she hopes the family can begin to move now that "justice has been served."

James Attfield

"At the time we had no idea the killer was so young - a fact that makes my sons' death feel all the more cruel and unnecessary."James Fairweather is a monster in our eyes - and we will never be able to forgive him," she added.  

Colchester double murders: Killer was carrying knife when arrested

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

James Fairweather was arrested after a member of the public called police to report someone acting suspiciously.

Essex Police

Police found he was carrying a knife (pictured) and initially arrested him on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon.

They later charged him with the murders of James Attfield, 33, and Nahid Almanea, 31, both of whom he stabbed to death in 2014.

Colchester double murder: A psychiatrist's assessment

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

When psychiatrist Dr Simon Hill assessed him last August, Fairweather was describing some of the "most anti-social and violent thoughts" he had come across in his professional practice.   

court sketch of teen in dock

Fairweather claimed to hear voices telling him to set fire to babies, expressed a hatred of prostitutes, saying voices told him to pull out their tongues. He also described how when his head teacher had made him angry, he could not contain his excitement at the idea of harming him and throwing acid in his face.  

Colchester double murder: What was killer like at school?

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

James Fairweather's early school reports tell of a boy "sensitive to the feelings of others" but later reports showed evidence of violence. 

He was sometimes teased about his ears, was a "bit of a troublemaker" and a "wide-boy" whose attendance became sporadic. Teachers described incidents of kicking, head-butting and tossing school furniture around. But there was little evidence to suggest he would kill, they said.

James Fairweather
Essex Police

Colchester double murder: The Yorkshire Ripper connection

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

After he was arrested, police searched Fairweather's bedroom and found a DVD about the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe, and a book called The World's Worst Crimes. On his mobile telephone was an article called "five horrific serial killers who are free right now". He also had an interest in the "Stockwell Strangler" Kenneth Erskine, the court heard and he owned films inspired by a real-life string of killings in Australia.

The jury was told he had also used his phone to look up a report into a man who had killed several elderly victims.

yorkshire ripper

Colchester double murder: Picture released of teenage defendant

Essex Police has just tweeted this photo of 17-year-old James Fairweather, who has been convicted of the murder of James Attfield and Nahid Almanea.

James Fairweather
Essex Police

He has been remanded in custody at a medium secure unit until he is sentenced at the Old Bailey next week.

The jury at Guildford Crown Court returned its verdict after eight-and-a-half hours of deliberations.

Colchester double murder: 17-year-old defendant named

We are now able to name the teenager convicted of murdering two people in Colchester in 2014.

James Fairweather, 17, was found guilty of murdering James Attfield and Nahid Almanea following a two-week trial at Guildford Crown Court.

The judge has lifted an order banning his name from being reported after the jury returned a guilty verdict a short time ago.

Boy, 17, convicted of double murder after two-week trial

A teenager who killed two people in Colchester has been convicted of their murder.

Nahid Almanea and James Attfield
Essex Police

The boy admitted manslaughter but denied murder on grounds of diminished responsibility, and faced a two-week trial at Guildford Crown Court.

James Attfield, 33, and Nahid Almanea, 31, were stabbed to death within a few months of each other in 2014.

BreakingColchester double murder: Teenager convicted by jury

A 17-year-old boy has been convicted of murdering James Attfield and Nahid Almanea in Colchester in 2014 following a two-week trial at Guildford Crown Court.

More to follow.

Jury called back into court in double murder trial

The jury has been called back into court in the trial of a 17-year-old boy accused of the murder of a man and woman in Colchester. 

More as soon as we get it.

Boy, 17, accused of murder

Headlines: Meals on wheels cuts 'putting vulnerable at risk'... Essex MP says EU debate should not be influenced by Obama comments

Nick Alliker

BBC Essex

Here are the stories making the news in Essex this afternoon:

  • The company which provides meals on wheels in Essex is claiming the county council's decision to stop its subsidy "will put some of the most vulnerable in our community at risk"
  • The jury in the trial of an Essex teenager accused of murdering James Attfield and Nahid Almanea in Colchester continues its deliberations
  • The Conservative MP for Harwich and North Essex, Bernard Jenkin, says the European Union referendum debate should not be influenced by comments from US President Barack Obama

Woman, 78, left injured after having her car stolen

Nick Alliker

BBC Essex

An elderly woman has been left with a broken wrist and elbow after her car was stolen by a man who was claiming to be from Essex Police.

Dock Road, Tilbury

The robbery happened in Dock Road in Tilbury on Monday afternoon. 

The 78-year-old tried to grab the vehicle as it was driving off. The suspect is described as white, aged between 45 and 55, around 5ft 2in (1.6m) tall, of stocky build and with short grey hair.

Barack Obama lands at Stansted Airport

Simon Dedman

BBC Essex

The President of the United States landed at Stansted Airport last night. He's here to see the Queen and is also expected to make his case for the UK staying in the European Union.

Air Force One

Air Force One landed at the north Essex terminal about 21:30 before Barack Obama headed off to London to the US Ambassador's residence.

Mr Obama will be meeting David Cameron in Downing Street this afternoon in what's expected to be his last visit to the UK before he leaves the White House.

Blues defender Adam Thompson signs on to stay for another year

Ben Fryer

BBC Essex Sport

Southend United central defender Adam Thompson has signed a one-year contract extension.

Adam Thompson
Getty Images

Thompson joined the club permanently after a loan spell from Watford in January 2014.

He's played more than 50 times for the Blues, scoring twice.

Meals on wheels subsidy cut 'will put most vulnerable at risk'

A company which runs meals on wheels in Essex says "the most vulnerable in our community" will be put at risk because the service won't be subsisdised by the council anymore.

Man being given meal

From October, Essex County Council will no longer pay a £2 per meal subsidy. 

Sodexo, which provides the service, has written to the county's 500 service users saying it does "not agree with this decision". 

The council denies Sodexo's claims and said alternative arrangements were being made.

Police dog tracks down suspect hiding in cupboard

An Essex Police dog has been praised on Twitter after he and his handler tracked down a burglary suspect in Braintree, who was found in a rather unusual place...

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Travel: Queuing traffic over QE2 bridge

BBC Travel

An accident earlier on has led to slow traffic on the clockwise M25 over the QE2 bridge.

All lanes have been reopened but there are still delays - check the BBC Travel site for Essex to find out the latest.

Weather: Cooler and cloudier than yesterday

Elizabeth Rizzini

BBC Look East weather

Cloudier and cooler than yesterday with a continuing easterly wind.

Many parts are likely to see a little bit of light rain later this afternoon and that may become more persistent by the evening.

Highs today of 10C (50F). Check the latest forecast for where you live on from BBC Weather.

'More and more' Essex GPs leaving profession

An Essex GP says she's seeing more and more doctors leaving the profession.

GP surgery

A survey from a local group of leading family doctors has found the service is "close to collapse", with many surgeries under-staffed and GPs being overloaded with work. 

"People are choosing not to live here and work here, people are leaving the profession or temporarily leaving the profession and finding it difficult to come back," said Dr Lisa Harrod-Rotherwell from Writtle Surgery.

Jurors to continue deliberations in Colchester double murder trial

Tom Croasdell

BBC Essex

Jurors will continue their deliberations later in the trial of a teenager accused of two murders in Colchester. 

The 17-year-old denies murdering James Attfield and Nahid Almanea two years ago. 

He has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

US President flies in (and out) of Essex

Simon Dedman

BBC Essex

I went to Stansted Airport last night to see President Obama touch down in Air Force One ahead of a visit to see the Queen and a meeting with David Cameron to discuss all things EU.

I filmed the moment he was heading off to London in Marine Force One.

View more on twitter

Headlines: President Obama lands at Stansted... Double murder trial jury to continue deliberations

Sonia Watson

BBC Essex

Here are the stories we're looking at this morning:

  • The President of the United States landed at Stansted Airport last night - he's here to see the Queen and is also expected to make his case for the UK staying in the European Union
  • Jurors will continue their deliberations later in the trial of a teenager accused of two murders in Colchester
  • An Essex GP says she's seeing more and more doctors leaving the profession

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BBC News

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