The Metropolitan Police are offering a £50,000 reward for anyone who provides police with information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of the UK’s most wanted killer Shane O’Brien.
O’Brien holds the number one spot on the National Crime Agency’s Most Wanted list for the unprovoked murder of Josh Hanson in London in 2015.
Police released new images of O’Brien today, including of a distinctive owl tattoo covering his back.
Josh’s mother Tracey has launched a desperate appeal to track down her son’s killer.
‘These past 24 months have been a living nightmare, a nightmare that I would not wish on anyone,’ she said.
‘Imagine pouring over photos and small video clips because that is all that is left that can bring you close to almost touching your child, and imagine having to share your pain and your grieving alongside a manhunt.
‘While we grieve, Shane O’Brien, the man the police would like to speak to in connection with my son’s murder, has yet to be caught and we still wait for justice.
‘Justice for the most heinous crime that my son had to endure and justice to ensure that innocent people are safe.
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‘I hope and pray that you only ever have to imagine what I have just shared with you and it never becomes your reality because it rips at your soul and your very being.
‘Please can you help us, Josh leaves behind a sister and a family who miss and love him very much.
‘Take a moment to look around you and if you think you may have seen O’Brien please call the police. Someone has seen him and all it takes is that one phone call to help us get justice so we can grieve in peace.’
After Josh’s murder, O’Brien was flown out of the UK in a privately chartered plane.
He was added to the Most Wanted list by the National Crime Agency and Crimestoppers in March 2015.
He was last seen when arrested in Prague in February for criminal damage and assault.
He had been using the Italian aliases of Enzo Mellonceli and Enzo Machado.
O’Brien, originally from Ladbroke Grove, is described as white and 6ft with grey eyes and dark brown hair.
He should not be approached by members of the public – any sightings of him should be reported to police immediately on 999.
Anyone with information about O’Brien or his whereabouts can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org or the police incident room on 020 8785 8099.