Islington man arrested after double-shooting

Francis O'Donoghue

Francis O'Donoghue - Credit: Archant

Bailed by officers hunting suspected gunman

An Islington man has been arrested on suspicion of assisting a suspected gunman wanted for two attempted murders.

Armed police swooped on the 28-year-old while he was in Navestock, Essex, yesterday but he was released on police bail shortly after.

The arrest came as the nationwide search for Francis O’Donoghue gathered pace.

O’Donoghue is the main suspect in the shooting of brothers Martin and John Ward on a Travellers’ site in Navestock.


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The brothers were both shot in the legs and chest at around 3.30pm on Tuesday August 27 following what police have described as an “ongoing neighbour feud”.

Both have been treated in hospital and are now recovering with their families.

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The shooting featured on BBC One’s Crimewatch last night but just a few hours before the show was broadcast, armed police arrested the Islington man. He has since been bailed until later October.

Police are appealing for help in tracking down 27-year-old O’Donoghue who is described as white, 5ft 11ins tall of medium build, short brown hair and sticking-out ears.

Police have also warned that O’Donoghue may have a handgun and have asked that if anyone spots him they call 999 straight away.

Anyone with further information about the shooting can call police on 01279 621802, email them onSCDappeals@essex.pnn.police.uk or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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