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Essex: Police appeal to find county's most wanted man
9:09am Thursday 5th September 2013 in Local News
A suspect wanted for the attempted murder of two neighbours has become Essex Police’s most wanted man.
The police manhunt to capture Francis O’Donoghue has intensified in the past few days since the shooting on a travellers’ site off Goatswood Lane in Navestock at 3.30pm on Tuesday, August 27, with several sightings from motorists and residents reported across the region.
Two men in their 20s from the Brentwood area suffered gunshot wounds to the legs and chest and underwent surgery.
They are now recovering with relatives after being discharged from hospital and continue to receive police support.
Francis O’Donoghue is urged to hand himself in to police as detectives focus their attention on travellers sites in Essex, Hertfordshire and throughout London where it is thought the 27-year-old glazier may be hiding out with friends or relatives.
Supt 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.”
Police said people should avoid any physical contact with him as he may be in possession of a handgun, with anyone coming into contact him urged to call police immediately.
However, there is nothing to suggest that people in the wider community are at risk of being injured.
Francis O’Donoghue is described as white, approximately 5ft 11ins tall, of medium build, with short brown hair, protruding ears and an Irish accent.
Anyone with information in connection with the shootings is asked to call Harlow’s Major Investigation Team on 101, email SCDappeals@essex.pnn.police.uk or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Anyone who knows of the man’s whereabouts is urged to call 999.
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