Wanted gunman could be in Herts

PUBLISHED: 15:40 29 August 2013 | UPDATED: 15:40 29 August 2013

Francis O'’Donoghue

Francis O'’Donoghue


A GUNMAN wanted for attempted murder is now being hunted in Herts.

Police began searching for Francis O’Donoghue in west Essex but they have now extended the net.

He is urged to hand himself in to officers following the shooting on a travellers site off Goatswood Lane in Navestock at 3.30pm on Tuesday, August 27.

Two men suffered gunshot wounds to the legs and chest and are recovering well in hospital under armed police guard.

A search of the site was completed on Wednesday, August 28, with scenes of crime officers and ballistic experts recovering cartridge casings among other items of interest.

As well as continuing with their enquiries in Essex, detectives are also focusing their attention to traveller sites across Hertfordshire where it is thought the 27-year-old glazier may be hiding out.

Essex Police’s Supt Trevor Roe said: “We have taken several witness statements which all suggest that Francis O’Donoghue was at the site at the time of the shooting and so our focus is primarily now on finding him.

“This attack was the culmination of an on-going neighbour feud which began outside a shop in Harold Wood earlier that Tuesday afternoon.

“We are working with all UK police forces, and especially the Metropolitan Police and Hertfordshire, to ensure they keep a look out for Francis.

“Again, we would urge anyone who knows him to avoid him purely because he is in possession of a handgun and those who come into contact with him should call us immediately.

“There is nothing though 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, has short-brown hair, has protruding ears and speaks with an Irish accent.

Anyone with information is urged to contact detectives at Harlow’s Major Investigation Team on 101, email them on 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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