Shane O’Brien, who is suspected of murder and has been named on a list of Europe’s most wanted fugitives (Picture: PA)

A British murder suspect has been named as one of Europe’s most wanted fugitives, with a £50,000 reward offered for his capture.

Police are looking for Shane O’Brien in connection with the murder of 21-year-old Josh Hanson, who died in an unprovoked knife attack in a bar in Hillingdon, west London, in 2015.

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Europol announced the 28-year-old was wanted for murder and grievous bodily injury and put up the sizeable reward for information leading to his arrest and prosecution.

He managed to evade authorities after being arrested in Prague for criminal damage and assault in 2017.

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Josh Hanson was killed in 2015 (Picture: PA)

O’Brien, originally from Ladbroke Grove, used the Italian alias of Enzo Mellonceli, supported by false documentation, to secure bail but never returned.


He is also said to be using a second alias of Enzo Machado.

The latest image of him taken after his arrest in Prague showed he had grown his hair, had a full beard and had a distinctive new tattoo of an owl holding a skull, which covered up his previous ‘Shannon 15-04-06’ tattoo.

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Shane O’Brien, 28, has a distinctive tattoo on his back (Picture: Met Police)

Mr Hanson, from Kingsbury in north-west London, was found with a serious wound to the neck at the RE Bar in Hillingdon at about 1.10am on October 11 2015.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as haemorrhage, inhalation of blood and an incised wound to the neck.

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