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Manhunt continues for Navestock gunman
7:00am Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
A MANHUNT for a 27-year-old who shot a former Team GB boxer and his brother at a traveller site in Navestock continues.
Essex Police are urging Francis O’Donoghue who is wanted for attempted murder of Martin and John Ward following a shooting at the site just off Goatswood Lane to hand himself in.
The victims sustained leg and chest wounds during the incident which happened at about 3.30pm on August 27.
They underwent surgery and are recovering at home with Martin, 22, who turned professional last September and has won all six of bouts since then, sending out a thank you message on Twitter.
He tweeted: “Thanks to everyone for the messages and phone calls of support for me and my brother John! Really does mean alot! On the road to recovery now!”
It is thought O’Donoghue could be at traveller sites in either Essex, Hertfordshire and London, with Met and Herts police officers helping investigations.
Sightings have already been received and officers want anyone who makes contact with O’Donoghue to let them know immediately, warning them to be caution as he possesses a handgun.
Supt Trevor Roe said: “Francis O’Donoghue was definitely at the site when the shooting took place so our primary focus is to find him and take him off the streets.
“The attack was initiated by an ongoing neighbour feud which began earlier in the day outside a shop in Harold Wood.
“The response from the media appeals has been promising. Many of our leads are emanating from these calls so we’re extremely grateful for people’s help, but we are still looking for more information on Francis’s movements in the region.”
O’Donoghue is described as being white, approximately 5ft 11ins tall, of medium build with short brown hair, protruding ears and speaks with an Irish accent.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of O’Donoghue are urged to contact detectives from Harlow’s major investigation team on 101 or by emailing SCDappeals@essex.pnn.police.uk.
Alterntively, sightings or information can be passed over anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.
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