A gunman who is on the run from police could be somewhere in Bedfordshire.
Francis O’Donoghue, 27, is the subject of an Essex Police manhunt following a shooting on a travellers’ site on August 27.
Two men in their 20s sustained gunshot wounds to the legs and chest and underwent surgery.
Essex Police’s Supt Trevor Roe said: “Francis O’Donoghue is not only Essex’s number one priority arrest, but he is East Anglia’s with all our neighbouring forces on alert to find him. People living and working in Bedfordshire could play a key role in helping us arrest him.
“He is potentially in possession of a handgun so everyone can see the necessity for him to be taken off the streets. With this in mind, we need the community’s eyes and ears and urge them to call us with sightings so that we can act on the information and detain him.
“The support we have so far received from the public in England has been fantastic and we now expand this appeal for help to those living and working across just beyond the Essex border to provide us with the leads which will lead to Francis’ arrest.”
People should avoid any physical contact with the glazier as he may be in possession of a handgun, with anyone coming into contact with him urged to call police immediately.
However, there is nothing to suggest that people in the wider community are at risk of being injured.
Francis O’Donoghue is described as white, approximately 5ft 11ins tall, of medium build, has short-brown hair and has protruding ears.
Anyone with information in connection with this shooting is urged to contact detectives at Harlow’s Major Investigation Team on 01279 621802, email them on SCDappeals@essex.pnn.police.uk or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Anyone who knows of the man’s whereabouts is urged to call 999.