Case: Eastcote stabbing: Josh Hanson
Josh Hanson
Case unsolved
Status: Unsolved
Categories: Uncategorised
Case synopsis:

Josh Hanson, 21, was stabbed to death in Eastcote on 11 October 2015.

Police were called to the RE bar in Field End Road at around 1.10am.

Mr Hanson, who worked as a roads planner and lived with his mother in Kingsbury, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A postmortem gave the cause of death cause of death as haemorrhage, inhalation of blood and an incised wound to the neck.

On 14 October police launched a national manhunt for Shane O'Brien, 27, of Ladbroke Grove, and offered a £10,000 reward for information.

The reward was increased to £20,000 on 7 July 2016 as detectives revealed that O'Brien was believed to be in Dubai.

Wanted: Shane O'Brien (left, white t-shirt), suspected of the murder of Josh Hanson

On the first anniversary of the murder, Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, from the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "O'Brien was quickly named as someone we urgently needed to trace and we have tracked his movements across Europe and then to Dubai where we believe he still is.

"Clearly he is being helped by others to evade police and has the ability to move around without using his own identity but we have a substantial reward available for anyone who can provide information that brings him before the courts.

"If you know anything - even if you think your information is small and insignificant - please come forward.

"Josh's family have been so strong but they need to see the person who killed him brought to justice. As time goes on they are finding the situation desperately difficult and we really need the public's help to find O'Brien."

Josh's mum Tracey said: "It is a year since my son and Brooke's brother Josh was murdered in an unprovoked knife attack. While we have continued to move forward to do all we can to help assist the police in their endeavours to catch his murderer, we have also worked tirelessly to raise awareness of our Facebook page, the justice for Josh Hanson campaign, and raise awareness of knife crime and knife crime prevention.

"Josh was known for his kindness and light-hearted attitude and these are very much the qualities we will strive to carry on in his memory. However, while we try to do all we can to leave a positive legacy for Josh we have the extremely painful and heartbreakingly sad reality that Josh is no longer a part of our family. Every second, minute or hour of the day that passes is filled with the pain that we have still not had the justice for Josh that he so rightly deserves.

"Brooke, myself, our family, friends and the many thousands of people who help us daily ask you to come forward if you have any information which would lead to an arrest. No matter how small you think this information may be we beg you to get in touch with the Met Police or Crimestoppers and help us put an end to the nightmare we are living with every day and have been for the last 12 months."

Any witnesses or anyone with any information for detectives are urged to contact the incident room on 020 8785 8099 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via

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