Britain’s most wanted man has finally been caught after being on the run for nearly four years.
Shane O’Brien, who has strong links to Ruislip, was wanted for murder after he allegedly fatally stabbed 21-year-old Josh Hanson in 2015 in an unprovoked attack.
Josh was stabbed in the neck and was pronounced dead at the scene at a bar in Eastcote which is a five minute journey from Ruislip.
O’Brien was placed on a worldwide most wanted list in 2018 and was eventually arrested in Romania last month (March 23).
In the wake of the attack, O’Brien fled the UK on a private jet and has been staying in various European countries whilst on the run.
The 31-year-old was arrested in Czech Republic in February 2017 but slipped through the net.
He was arrested in Prague for criminal damage and assault under the Italian name, Enzo Mellonceli, but officers didn’t run his fingerprints through the world database so was released on bail.
It is believed that he may have been hiding in Netherlands and Dubai before being arrested in Prague.
Photos taken of him when he was arrested showed a clear change of image for O’Brien who got a new tattoo of an owl holding a skull on his back to cover up a previous tattoo.
In a response to her son’s tragic death, Tracey Hanson has been instrumental in getting her sons story across in a bid to find his killer.
She has also set up The Josh Hanson Trust which is aiming to change the story about knife crime and work with younger people to try and help them express themselves in a more positive way.
The trust has more recently worked with Herts Police in the #LivesnotKnives campaign where she told her story to young people from Hertfordshire.
O’Brien (left) fled the country after allegedly killing Josh Hanson (right) in 2015.