Good re­sponse to Crime­watch

Po­lice ap­peal to find Shane O’Brien

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Clemen­tine

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.

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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

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