East Anglia’s most wanted man arrested and charged with attempted murder

East Anglia’s most wanted man has been arrested and charged with the attempted murder of two of his former neighbours.

Francis O’Donoghue was the subject of an Essex Police manhunt following the alleged shooting of two men on a travellers’ site off Goatswood Lane in Navestock at 3:30pm on Tuesday, August 27.

The shooting was the culmination of an ongoing neighbour feud which began outside a shop in Harold Wood in east London earlier in the day (Tuesday).

Two men in their 20s sustained gunshot wounds to the legs and chest and underwent surgery.

Following a seven-week manhunt, O’Donoghue was arrested in Southgate in north London shortly after 10pm on Friday (October 11). The following day he was charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of being in possession of a Class B drug.


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The window fitter, who now lives in Wood Green in north London, has been remanded in police custody prior to his appearance at Southend Magistrates Court today (October 14).

A 27-year-old man from Islington in north London remains on police bail until later this month while detectives continue with their enquiries into suspicions he assisted Francis O’Donoghue while he was on the run.

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