Please help find my son’s killer

Mum’s des­per­ate plea af­ter fa­tal stab­bing in bar

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THE griev­ing mother of a 21-year-old man mur­dered in East­cote at the week­end has pleaded for help to find her son’s killer.

Tracey Han­son said her son Josh, who suf­fered a fa­tal knife wound at the RE bar, in Field End Road, in the early hours of Sun­day, was “a son that any mother would wish for”.

“He was a hard-work­ing man who pro­vided for his fam­ily. He was also carv­ing out a promis­ing ca­reer for him­self. He had al­ready made plans to see more of the world next year,” she said.

“Josh was al­ways smil­ing and laugh­ing, he made ev­ery­one laugh with his up­beat ap­proach to life.

“For all those who met him they only had good things to say and this is be­ing re­flected in the of­fers of con­do­lence to my­self, his friends and fam­ily.

“Please, if you know any­thing, come for­ward and tell the po­lice who com­mit­ted this hor­rific mur­der and in­form them of their where­abouts.”

A mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched fol­low­ing Josh’s death and de­tec­tives are con­tin­u­ing to ap­peal for wit­nesses and in­for­ma­tion.

Po­lice and paramedics were called to the RE bar at 1.10am on Sun­day where they found Josh with a se­vere knife wound to his neck. He was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion was due to take place at Uxbridge yesterday as the Gazette went to press.

Josh lived with his mum in Kings­bury. He had a girl­friend and worked as a roads plan­ner for Stan­more Qual­ity Sur­fac­ing (SQS) near Brent Cross.

Well wish­ers have been leav­ing flo­ral tributes out­side the night­club this week where the in­ci­dent has left the bar’s neigh­bours shocked.

A worker at Any­thing Goes! shop said: “We don’t have this in East­cote, it’s com­pletely shock­ing.

“I just feel so sorry for his fam­ily, he was so young.

PO­LICE in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mur­der of 21-year-old Josh Han­son in East­cote be­lieve he may have been the vic­tim of an un­pro­voked at­tack.

Of­fi­cers be­lieve that Josh had vis­ited the RE bar in Field End Road on Satur­day evening with friends and his girl­friend.

He was ap­proached by a man, who he did not know, po­lice said, and stabbed once in the neck in an at­tack that lasted just sec­onds.

De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Noel McHugh, from the homi­cide and ma­jor crime com­mand, said: “I am ap­peal­ing to any­one who was in the RE bar be­tween mid­night and the time of the in­ci­dent, just af­ter 1am, to con­tact us.

“There were 30-40 peo­ple in the bar at the time, many of whom left the venue as paramedics worked to save Josh’s life.

“It is im­per­a­tive these peo­ple con­tact us to let us know what they saw.

“We are also keen to hear from any­one who was in Field End Road area around 1am Sun­day morn­ing who may have seen or heard any­thing that they now think might be be­cause of the in­ci­dent at the RE bar.

“I would also ap­peal to any­one who had been at the RE bar through­out Satur­day night, even if they left be­fore Josh was at­tacked, to con­tact us.

“Even if you think you did not see any­thing we need to ac­count for ev­ery­one who was there that night.

“Most peo­ple in the bar would have known each other and some­one will know who the killer is and where he is now.

“Josh was a hard­work­ing young lad, up at 5am for his job as a roads plan­ner and of­ten work­ing seven days a week.

“He had ev­ery­thing to live for and when he went out that Satur­day night no one could have imag­ined what would hap­pen to him. His fam­ily are in pieces.”

Wit­nesses or any­one with in­for­ma­tion is urged to con­tact the in­ci­dent room on 020 8785 8099 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

There have been no ar­rests at present and en­quiries con­tinue.

n AL­WAYS SMIL­ING: Josh Han­son was killed at the RE Bar in East­cote in the early hours of Sun­day

TRAGIC: Mourn­ers laid tributes out­side RE Bar in East­cote

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