Mur­der sus­pect hunt goes on

Po­lice still ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Salina Pa­tel­tel@trin­i­tymir­

A £10,000 re­ward is still on of­fer as po­lice con­tinue a man­hunt for mur­der sus­pect Shane O’Brien.

De­tec­tives on the Homi­cide and Ma­jor Crime Com­mand team, in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mur­der of Josh Han­son in East­cote, are call­ing for in­for­ma­tion on the where­abouts of the 27-year-old sus­pect.

He is white, 6ft tall and of mus­cu­lar build with links to the Ruis­lip area, but could be any­where in the UK ac­cord­ing to de­tec­tives. The Metropoli­tan Po­lice is warn­ing the pub­lic not to ap­proach O’Brien but re­port any sight­ing of him via 999 im­me­di­ately.

De­tec­tive chief in­spec­tor Noel McHugh, lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, 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.

“A sub­stan­tial re­ward re­mains on of­fer to any­one with in­for­ma­tion that leads to O’Brien’s ar­rest and pros­e­cu­tion and we hope this will en­cour­age some­one to come for­ward.”

Josh, 21, of Kings­bury died af­ter an in­ci­dent at the RE Bar in Field End Road, East­cote, at around 1.10am on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 11.

He was found suf­fer­ing a se­ri­ous wound to the neck and was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion gave the cause of death as haem­or­rhage, in­hala­tion of blood and an in­cised wound to the neck.

DCI McHugh, speak­ing pre­vi­ously about Josh, said: “Josh was a hard-work­ing 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.”

Two men, aged 24 and 29, were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice and as­sist­ing an of­fender; both have been bailed to re­turn to a po­lice sta­tion in late March.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the mur­der or O’Brien’s where­abouts should call the in­ci­dent room on 020 8785 8099 or con­tact Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111. A NEW sur­vey has re­vealed that more than a third of Lon­don­ers won’t be hol­i­day­ing abroad in 2016.

Ac­cord­ing to the new sur­vey, the data sug­gests that as a re­sult of re­cent ter­ror­ist at­tacks, a lot of hol­i­day­mak­ers won’t be reach­ing for their pass­ports.

As a di­rect re­sult of the Paris at­tacks, one in 10 Lon­don­ers said that they won’t be trav­el­ling year.

A stag­ger­ing 23.8% of Lon­don­ers sur­veyed said they won’t travel to France in 2016.

The sur­vey of the UK’s hol­i­day­mak­ers was con­ducted by hol­i­day com­pany, Cot­tages in Northum­ber­land, who sur­veyed 10,000 peo­ple in the UK, 1,000 of which live in Lon­don.

Last year, the sur­vey found that over half of


this Lon­don­ers went on a fam­ily hol­i­day, with a city break be­ing the most pop­u­lar choice.

A ro­man­tic get­away was on the cards for 26.2% of peo­ple liv­ing in Lon­don, while 16.9% said they took a solo trip abroad.

Lon­don­ers re­ally like their stag and hen par­ties too, with 6.2% of cap­i­tal dwellers tak­ing time off to cel­e­brate.

Josh Han­son, left, and Shane O’Brien


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