Good response to Crimewatch
Police appeal to find Shane O’Brien
SHANE O’Brien, a 27-year-old police urgently want to speak to in connection with the murder of Josh Hanson in Eastcote, has become one of BBC Crimewatch’s ‘Wanted Faces’.
Police confirm they have received a ‘great response’ since the episode aired and “a number of lines of enquiry are being followed up,” a Metropolitan Police spokesperson said.
A national manhunt for O’Brien, who is also known as ‘Troy’, was launched by police just over a month ago, after 21-year-old Mr Hanson was killed on October 11.
O’Brien is described as a white male, 6ft tall, and of muscular build.
Crimewatch revealed he also has a mark on the centre of his face and a tattoo of the name ‘Shannon’ on his back.
It is believed that he lived in Ladbroke Grove and has links to Kent, Reading and the Ruislip area.
The Met said he should not be approached by members of the public and any sightings of him should be reported to police immediately on 999.
Josh Hanson, of Kingsbury, Brent, died after an incident at The RE Bar in Field End Road, Eastcote, at around 1.10am on Sunday October 11.
post-mortem examination of Josh’s body revealed the 21-year-old died from a stab wound to the neck.
Days after his death, Josh Hanson’s mother, Tracey, pleaded for help to find her son’s killer.
Following the renewed appeal on BBC Crimewatch on November 16, she wrote on Facebook: “Everywhere I go I show people what has happened to my beautiful son Josh, along with the image of man the police want to question, it surprises me time and time again how many people have not heard about it.”
Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, leading the investigation, described Josh was a “hard-working young lad”.
Anyone who knows of Shane’s whereabouts can call the incident room on 020 8785 8099 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on freephone 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk. org.
n WANTED: Shane O’Brien