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Josh Hanson murder inquiry: £10,000 reward offered

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Image caption Police are looking for Shane O'Brien in connection with the murder inquiry

A £10,000 reward has been offered in connection with the suspected murder of a 21 year old stabbed in the neck.

Josh Hanson died at the RE bar in Eastcote, north-west London, last October following an unprovoked attack.

Detectives, who are looking for 27-year-old Shane O'Brien in connection with the assault, have offered the money for information leading to a successful prosecution.

Police have warned the public not to approach Mr O'Brien but to call 999.

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Image caption Josh Hanson suffered a neck wound in the attack on 11 October 2015
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Image caption Police said Mr Hanson's family are "in pieces" following his death

Mr O'Brien, of Ladbroke Grove, west London, has links to the Ruislip area of London but could be anywhere in the country, a Met Police spokesman said.

He is described as a white, 6ft (1.8m) tall and of muscular build.

Det Ch Insp Noel McHugh said Mr Hanson was a "hard-working young lad, up at 5am for his job as a roads planner and often working seven days a week".

He added: "He had everything to live for and, when he went out that Saturday night, no one could have imagined what would happen to him.

"His family is in pieces."

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Media captionTracey Hanson's son was fatally stabbed at a London bar in October 2015

Two men, aged 24 and 29, who were arrested last October on an inbound flight to the UK on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and assisting an offender, have been bailed pending further inquiries.

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