Af­ter fa­tal bar stab­bing

De­tec­tives want him for ques­tion­ing

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

PO­LICE are of­fer­ing a £10,000 re­ward in re­la­tion to a man be­ing sought in con­nec­tion with the killing of Josh Han­son in East­cote.

Josh, 21, from Kings­bury was fa­tally stabbed in the neck at the RE Bar, in Field End Road, at around 1.10am on Oc­to­ber 11.

Shane O’Brien, 27, of Lad­broke Grove, is wanted for ques­tion­ing by the Met, who say he has links to the Ruis­lip area.

He is white, 6ft and of mus­cu­lar build. Po­lice say the pub­lic should not ap­proach him but should in­stead re­port any sight­ings im­me­di­ately by call­ing 999.

De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Noel McHugh, of the Homi­cide and Ma­jor Crime Com­mand, said: “We are very keen to speak to Shane O’Brien as part of our on­go­ing en­quiries and we be­lieve he could be any­where in the UK.

“I would ap­peal di­rectly to him to con­tact us, or ask that any­one who has seen him or who knows where he is to con­tact us as well. I do be­lieve some­one out there will know where he is.

“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 is in pieces.”

De­tec­tives say they have had a pos­i­tive re­sponse to their ap­peal but are still ask­ing any­one who was in the RE bar be­tween mid­night and the time of the in­ci­dent and has not yet con­tacted them to get in touch.

Josh’s mother, Tracey, paid trib­ute to her beloved son, say­ing: “Josh was a son that any mother would wish for. He was al­ways smil­ing and laugh­ing, he made ev­ery­one laugh with his up­beat ap­proach to life.”

Last week a crowd­fund­ing page set up in mem­ory of Josh raised £14,000 in less than 24 hours. It aims to raise £30,000 for funeral ar­range­ments and to es­tab­lish a Jus­tice for Josh Han­son char­ity.

A Face­book cam­paign also called ‘Jus­tice for Josh Han­son’ was launched to help find who­ever killed him.

The page de­scribes Josh as “hard-work­ing, lov­ing, car­ing and funny, an an­gel with a big heart”. It adds: “Please help us to raise as much as we can to help with his funeral ar­range­ments and the on­go­ing fight against knife crime.”

There have been no ar­rests at present and en­quiries con­tinue. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can call the po­lice in­ci­dent room on 020 8785 8099 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111, or via crimestop­


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