DETECTIVES investigating the brutal murder of Josh Hanson in Eastcote have renewed appeals to find chief suspect Shane O’Brien on the third anniversary of the 21-year-old’s death.

Josh, from Kingsbury, died after an unprovoked incident at the RE Bar in Field End Road, with O'Brien fleeing the country on a private plane immediately afterwards.

Detectives believe he is being helped by criminals who provide him with money, false identifies and the means to move across borders.

A £50,000 reward is on offer for information leading to his arrest and prosecution.

This week, Josh’s mother wore a sandwich board with details of her son’s murder at Waterloo and Victoria stations, to appeal for travellers to keep their eyes open for sightings of O’Brien. She will be at Paddington today (Thursday).

Det Chief Insp Noel McHugh, said: “For Josh’s family, the last three years - more than 1,000 days and nights without him - have been horrendous. No words adequately describe the pain they are going through.

“His mum Tracey and sister Brooke have to live on a daily basis with the frustration and ongoing disappointment that, as yet, O’Brien evades capture. 

“The determination of Josh’s family to do all they can to help raise awarenessis inspiring and I am so proud of Tracey for putting herself among commuters so people can see first-hand what she is going through.

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“It is so cruel that the silence of a few people is torturing her daily. Josh is the last thing on her mind when she goes to bed and the first thing she thinks about when she wakes up.”

In February 2017, O’Brien was arrested in Prague. He used the Italian alias of Enzo Mellonceli, supported by false documents, and was bailed pending further inquiries.

An image taken then shows he had changed his appearance, including a distinctive new tattoo of an owl holding a skull, covering up his previous "Shannon 15-04-06" tattoo.

O'Brien, originally from Ladbroke Grove, has grey eyes and dark brown hair and is 6ft tall.

Josh’s mum Tracey said: “Three years without Josh have been unimaginable and I have not even started to grieve. 

“Every time I do an appeal, it takes a bit more from me and it hurts so badly. How long will I continue? Well, there will be no end. My family and I are going to get louder and more creative until we get justice for Josh. 

“The sandwich board is working. We have made great connections with the public and they have taken leaflets and will be sharing the online poster.

“I would like to thank them for their support and ask that they continue to call the police if they think they have information, no matter how old it is.”

Anyone with information about O'Brien or his whereabouts can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or the police incident room on 020 8785 8099.