Family of murdered Kingsbury man to launch anti-knife crime poster competition

Josh Hanson was stabbed to death on October 11

Josh Hanson was stabbed to death on October 11 - Credit: Archant

The family of a murdered Kingsbury man are launching an anti-knife crime poster competition as part of their fight for justice.

Josh Hanson with his mother Tracey and sister Brooke

Josh Hanson with his mother Tracey and sister Brooke - Credit: Archant

Tracey and Brooke Hanson, the mother and sister of 21-year-old Josh Hanson, hope the project will highlight the importance of preventing knife crime and the devastating the effect it can have on loved ones.

Mr Hanson, a road planner, was stabbed to death in an unprovoked attack inside the RE bar in Eastcote on October 11 last year.

Since his murder, Mr Hanson’s mother and sister Brooke launched a Justice for Josh Facebook page which has more than 27,500 likes and includes daily appeals for information.

Tracey told the Times she decide to launch the competition because her son had an avid interest in art and she wants to keep their fight for justice in the limelight.

Josh Hanson was murdered in an unprovoked attack

Josh Hanson was murdered in an unprovoked attack - Credit: Archant


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She said: “Josh loved to draw and had a keen interest in graffiti art and had over the years found that expression through art even if it was just to doodle therapeutic and it was something I encouraged him to do.

“To see expression through art can be very moving and can also help encourage the individual to express themselves when they don’t feel they can talk about something.

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“We hope the posters will be displayed at various public venues in the near future and invite everyone to take part.”

Detectives have named 27-year-old Shane O’Brien as a suspect and a £10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to his arrest.

Shane O'Brien has been named as a suspect

Shane O'Brien has been named as a suspect - Credit: Archant

He could be hiding in the Netherlands.

Tracey said: “Our eight month battle for justice for Josh has been an up hill struggle but we will fight until the very end.”

The poster competition will be officially launched at the Woodoaks Summer Festival in Rickmansworth on the July 2.

The family are appealing for donations of art materials and a lightweight gazebo to bring to the festival.

If you can help, you can contact Tracey by visiting the Justice for Josh Facebook page.

Anyone with information about Shane O’Brien’s whereabouts should call the incident room on 020 8785 8099 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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