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Man with knife threatens couple in Brentwood park

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man with a knife threatened a couple in Bishops Hall Park, Brentwood, at around 7.20pm last night.

The couple in their thirties were walking their dog when they were approached by a man who began swearing at them before revealing a kitchen knife.

The man is described as white, stocky and about 35-years-old. He had short, shaved blonde hair, and was wearing a plum coloured jumper and dark jeans. He is said to have been walking a white Staffordshire bull terrier at the time.

Anyone with any information are urged to call Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Manhunt expands for gunman linked to double shooting

The police manhunt for a gunman wanted for the attempted murder of a neighbour has expanded outside west Essex into neighbouring counties.

Francis O’Donoghue is being urged to hand himself in to officers after a shooting on a travellers site off Goatswood Lane in Navestock on Tuesday.

Francis O'Donoghue Credit: Essex Police

Two men sustained gunshot wounds to the legs and chest and are recovering well in hospital under armed police guard.

A search of the site was completed on yesterday, with scenes of crime officers and ballistic experts recovering cartridge casings among other items of interest.

As well as continuing with their enquiries in Essex, detectives are also focusing their attention to traveller sites in Hertfordshire and London where it is thought the 27-year-old glazier may be hiding out with friends or relatives.

Armed police guard farm where gunman shot two men

Armed police guarding the farm near Brentwood Credit: ITV News/Ben Chapman
Police vans outside the entrance to the farm Credit: ITV News/Ben Chapman
Policemen with machine guns guard the gates Credit: ITV News/Ben Chapman

Armed police guard the entrance to Lizvale Farm,Navestock near Romford, as they continue to search for Francis O'Donoghue.

Scene of crime officers in white suits are working insidethe gates as police investigate the shooting of two men yesterday.


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Man wanted in connection with double shooting

Francis O'Donoghue

Essex Police are searching for a man in connection with a double shooting.

Francis O'Donoghue, 27, is of average build and speaks with an Irish accent.

Two men were shot and injured on farmland in Navestock near Brentwood at around 3.30pm yesterday afternoon.

They are both being treated in hospital and are in a stable condition.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call Essex Police on 101. If anyone knows of Mr O'Donoghue's whereabouts, they are advised to call 999.

Appeal after Essex woman's Abu Dhabi accident

The family of an Essex woman, who was left brain damaged after an accident at a hotel in Abu Dhabi, fear she will die unless they get the money needed to fund her treatment.

Natalie Creane was injured at the hotel in 2008 when a wooden panel fell on her head.

She has been awarded compensation but the amount is not enough to pay for her ongoing medical costs, which could run into millions, and she will appeal the settlement later this month.

Nick Thatcher reports:

Natalie's parents talk about daughter's suffering

Natalie's mother Angie Smith said: "She was bubbly, intelligent, a normal girl...used to love her friends. She's loyal and she had a great job, great life and now she can't go out on her own.

"She can't bath alone. She needs somebody to be with her all the time. She's on so many drugs that she has hardly any memory.

"She cannot read properly. She can't write, can't sign her own name, can't fill in a form, due to the amount of drugs that she's on."

Natalie's father Derick Smith added: "She's also deteriorating. The worst case scenario we've had is 10 days in a medically induced coma."

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