Police have released a photograph and description of a man they are looking to speak to in connection with a murder investigation.
Josh Hanson, 21, was fatally stabbed in the neck in front of dozens of customers in a north-west London bar in the early hours of Sunday morning (October 11).
Police said around 40 people were in RE Bar in Field End Road, Eastcote, Hillingdon, at the time of the attack and have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.
Now, officers have released a photo of 27-year-old Shane O’Brien of Ladbroke Grove who they are looking to speak to as part of their investigation.
O’Brien is described as as a white male, 6ft tall, and of muscular build – with links to the Ruislip area. The Met said he should not be approached by members of the public.
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Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, who is leading the investigation for the HMCC, said:
We are very keen to speak with Shane O’Brien as part of our ongoing enquiries. I would appeal directly to Shane to contact us, or ask that anyone who has seen him or who knows where he is to contact us as well.
We have had a positive response to our appeal but are still appealing to anyone who was in the RE bar between midnight and the time of the incident and has not yet contacted us to get in touch.
Days after his death, Josh Hanson’s mother pleaded for help to find her son’s killer.
Josh was a son that any mother would wish for. He was a hard-working man who provided for his family. He was also carving out a promising career for himself. He had already made plans to see more of the world next year.
He was always smiling and laughing, he made everyone laugh with his upbeat approach to life. For all those who met him they only had good things to say and this is being reflected in the offers of condolence to myself, his friends and family.
Please, if you know anything, come forward and tell the police who committed this horrific murder and inform them of their whereabouts.
Anyone who knows of Shane’s whereabouts can call the incident room on 020 8785 8099 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org.