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TV appeal sees police follow new lead for Navestock gunman
9:40am Friday 13th September 2013 in News
POLICE are pursuing a significant new lead as they pursue Essex gunman Francis O’Donoghue.
A national TV appeal on yesterday's 'Crimewatch', which featured the shooting and displayed his picture, saw detectives in Harlow receive a call which has "given them a lead to pursue”.
A few hours before the programme aired, a 28-year-old man from Islington in north London was arrested by armed police in Navestock on suspicion of assisting an offender. He was later released on police bail until late October pending further enquiries.
O’Donoghue is wanted by police for the attempted murder of two of his neighbours off Goatswood Lane in Navestock at 3:30pm on Tuesday, August 27.
Two men in their 20s from the Brentwood area were shot in the legs and chest and underwent surgery. They are now recovering with relatives after being discharged from hospital and continue to receive police support.
The shooting was the culmination of an ongoing neighbour feud which began outside a shop in Harold Wood earlier on the 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.
People should continue to avoid any physical contact with the 27-year-old glazier 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.
Anyone with information in connection with this shooting is urged to contact detectives at Harlow’s Major Investigation Team on 01279 621802, 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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