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Josh Hanson murder: Shane O'Brien detained in Romania

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Image caption Shane O'Brien is alleged to have murdered 21-year-old Josh Hanson in an unprovoked knife attack

One of Britain's most wanted fugitives has been arrested in Romania after years on the run.

Shane O'Brien, 31, is alleged to have murdered Josh Hanson in an unprovoked knife attack in London in 2015.

He fled after the stabbing at the RE bar in Eastcote and a red alert was issued by Interpol for information leading to his arrest and prosecution.

The Met Police said extradition proceedings will begin to bring him to the UK.

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Image caption Josh Hanson was pronounced dead at the scene of the attack at the RE bar in Eastcote

Mr O'Brien, who is on both the Europol and the National Crime Agency most wanted lists, left the UK on a private flight in the wake of the attack.

He was arrested in Prague in February 2017 while using fake Italian documents and released before officers discovered his true identity.

Mr Hanson, from Kingsbury in north-west London, was pronounced dead at the scene on 11 October 2015.

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

The Josh Hanson Trust, a charity set up in the wake of his death, wrote on Twitter: "Today, on the 23rd of March 2019 and after three and a half years of waiting, today is Josh's day."

Ian Cruxton, the NCA's head of international operations, said: "O'Brien has spent several years looking over his shoulder as he has been at the centre of an extensive operation to track him down.

"I'm delighted that the pressure brought to bear by this has finally resulted in him being captured."

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