Arrest made in murder case
Suspicion of assisting an offender
POLICE investigating the murder of Josh Hanson arrested a man at Gatwick Airport on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and assisting an offender.
Mr Hanson, 21, from Kingsbury, was fatally stabbed at RE Bar in Eastcote in the early hours of Sunday October 11.
Detectives put out an appeal for help to find Shane O’Brien who they want to speak to in connection with the inquiry. However, the 27-year-old from Ladbroke Grove has yet to be located, despite a £10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. Last Wednesday (October 28) detectives from The Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC) arrested a 24-yearold man who was on an inbound flight to the UK.
He was taken into custody at a London police station and has been bailed until mid-November.
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 O’Brien 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.”
O’Brien is white, 6ft and of muscular build. Police say he should not be approached by the public but any sightings should be reported immediately by calling 999.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts can call the incident room on 020 8785 8099 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org.
Josh’s mother, Tracy, has also appealed for the public’s help catch her son’s killer while a crowdfunding page has raised thousands to help with funeral costs and to email@example.com
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Josh Hanson, left, and Shane O’Brien