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Police to make Crimewatch appeal in manhunt for shooting suspect Francis O’Donoghue
Police are to make a nationwide appeal on tonight's Crimewatch BBC TV show in their hunt for a man wanted over the shooting of two men on a farm.
Francis O’Donoghue, 27, is suspected of attempting to murder two of his neighbours at a travellers’ site in Goatswood Lane, Navestock on Tuesday August 27.
The two men, both aged in their 20s and from the Brentwood area, suffered gunshot wounds to the legs and chest but are now recovering with relatives after being discharged from hospital.
The men have been identified in national media reports as professional UK lightweight boxer Martin Ward and his brother John.
Essex Police’s Supt Trevor Roe said: "Tonight’s appeal on Crimewatch will highlight Francis O’Donoghue to the nation and reinforce to people why he is the force’s number one priority arrest.
"We are relying on people in Essex, London, Hertfordshire and, in fact, across the UK to help us find him and take him off the streets.
"The support we have so far received has been fantastic, but we do urge them to continue with the calls.”
A spokesman for Essex Police said: "As the hunt for him enters the third week, the investigation is gathering pace with public sightings from across the region providing detectives with numerous leads...
"People should avoid any physical contact with him as he may be in possession of a handgun, with anyone coming into contact with him urged to call police immediately.
"However, there is nothing to suggest that people in the wider community are at risk of being injured."
He is described as white, approximately 5ft 11ins tall, of medium build, has short-brown hair, has protruding ears and speaks with an Irish accent.
Those with information in connection are urged to contact detectives at Harlow’s Major Investigation Team on 01279 621802, via email on SCDappeals@essex.pnn.police.uk or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
The Essex Police spokesman added: "Anyone who knows of the man’s whereabouts is urged to call 999."
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