Francis O'Donoghue hunt: Search extended outside Essex

A police hunt for a man believed to have shot two men on farmland in Essex has extended to London and Hertfordshire.

Two men were left with wounds to the legs and chest on Tuesday in what police have called a "neighbour feud".

Police are looking for Francis O'Donoghue, 27, who is believed to have been at his home on the farm off Goatswood Lane, Navestock, at the time.

A police spokesman said they were now searching other traveller sites.

It is thought Mr O'Donoghue, a glazier, might be hiding out with friends and relatives, he added.

Ballistic experts recovered cartridge casings among "other items of interest" at the site on Wednesday.

'Feud outside shop'

Supt Trevor Roe said: "We have taken several witness statements which all suggest that Francis O'Donoghue was at the site at the time of the shooting and so our focus is primarily now on finding him.

"This attack was the culmination of an ongoing neighbour feud which began outside a shop in Harold Wood earlier that Tuesday afternoon.

"We are working with all UK police forces, and especially the Metropolitan Police and Hertfordshire, to ensure they keep a lookout for Francis.

"Again, we would urge anyone who knows him to avoid him, purely because he is in possession of a handgun and those who come into contact with him should call us immediately.

"There is nothing though to suggest that people in the wider community are at risk of being injured."

The victims are both being treated in hospital under armed police guard and are in a stable condition, Mr Roe said.

Mr O'Donoghue is described as white and about 5ft 11in.

He is of average build, with short brown hair and protruding ears and speaks with an Irish accent.

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