Attempted murder suspect now most wanted man in Essex (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Francis O'Donoghue is now Essex Police's most wanted man following a shooting near Stapleford Abbotts
Detectives have named a shooting suspect as Essex’s most wanted man as the hunt for him intensifies.
Francis O’Donoghue is on the run from police after two men were shot on a travellers’ site on the border of Stapleford Abbotts.
The 27-year-old is being urged to hand himself in as officers search gypsy camps across the county, London and Hertfordshire.
Essex Police’s Supintendent, Trevor Roe, said: "Francis O’Donoghue has now been elevated to the force’s number one priority arrest.
“He is wanted for the attempted murder of two men and is potentially in possession of a handgun so everyone can see the necessity for him to be taken off the streets.
“With this in mind, we need the community’s eyes and ears and urge them to call us with sightings so that we can act on the information and get him in.
“The support we have so far received from the public has been fantastic and they are providing us with leads so we thank them, but urge them to continue with the calls.”
Detectives believe the shooting was the culmination of an ongoing neighbour feud which began outside a shop in Harold Wood earlier in the day, last Tuesday.
Francis O’Donoghue is described as white, approximately 5ft 11ins tall, of medium build, has short-brown hair, has protruding ears and speaks with an Irish accent.
Anyone with information in connection with this shooting is urged to contact detectives at Harlow’s Major Investigation Team on 101, email them on SCDappeals@essex.pnn.police.ukor call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Anyone who knows of the man’s whereabouts is urged to call 999.
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