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Man with Irish connections placed on UK's most-wanted list

Shane O'Brien
Shane O'Brien

BRITISH police believe that a man wanted in connection with a murder at a London bar could be hiding in the Netherlands. Shane O'Brien (27), who is from London but has links to Ireland and Spain, is the subject of a European arrest warrant, and has been placed on Britain's 'Most-Wanted' list.

Josh Hanson died on October 11 last year when he was stabbed in the neck in a seemingly-unprovoked attack at the RE bar in Eastcode, west London in front of about 40 horrified onlookers.

Mr O'Brien, from the Sutton estate in Ladbroke Grove in west London, is the prime suspect.

He is the father of two children and has the name 'Shannon' tattooed across his back.

Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, from the Met’s homicide and major crime command, said: “We believe O’Brien could be in the Netherlands, although our enquiries continue in several other European countries at this stage.

Mr O’Brien is to feature on the Dutch version of Crimewatch in a bid to alert viewers.

He is described as a white man, 6ft tall, with grey eyes and short dark brown hair. He has a tattoo on his back saying ‘Shannon 15-04-06’ and may use the name Troy O’Brien.

Tracy Hanson, mother of Josh Hanson told the Guardian earlier this year: Wherever he is, or whoever he is with, they’re doing a damn good job of hiding him”.