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Detectives investigating disappearance of man execute warrant in Hounslow and release car registration details

News   •   Jul 05, 2019 21:12 BST

Q3 car belonging to Mohammed Shah Subhani

Detectives investigating the disappearance of a man who went missing from Heston more than a month ago have carried out a search warrant at a motor trade premises in Hounslow.


Officers attended the premises on the morning of Friday, 5 July in connection with the disappearance of Mohammed Shah Subhani and the recent recovery of his AUDI Q3 vehicle.

A £20,000 Met reward remains on offer both for information leading to the whereabouts of Mohammed, and also information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of anyone connected with his disappearance.

Detective Inspector Vicky Tunstall has renewed the appeal for information. She said: “We know that false registration plates – L88 EJF - were placed on Shah’s vehicle between the 8-9 May, only one or two days after his disappearance.

“Were you in the area of Vicarage Farm Road in Heston? Did you see anyone changing number plates on a white Audi Q3? Do you live in that area and have private CCTV opportunities for those dates that we could view? If so, we would be very keen to hear from you and would urge you to contact police on 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC quoting 19MIS017114.

“To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org. It is vital that any detail recalled, no matter how insignificant it may feel, is reported to us as it could be the key to unlocking the current location of Shah Subhani. “This is an exceptionally distressing time for his family and the local community must do everything they can to support them and help police locate Shah.”

A search of the motor trade premises in Hounslow has now concluded. No arrests have been made. Enquiries continue.

A 23-year-old man previously arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice has been released under investigation.

Police were called on Tuesday, 7 May after 27-year-old Mohammed Shah Subhani failed to return to his home in Hounslow, west London.

His family reported him as missing shortly before midnight, having seen him last at 12:30hrs that same day. The search for Mohammed continues.

Mohammed’s white Audi Q3 was recovered in Camden on Wednesday, 19 June and forensic tests are ongoing. At around 18:30hrs, officers were informed that the occupants of a white Audi had been involved in an argument with another group of people on Robert Street, NW1.

The occupants were alleged to have been in possession of weapons.

Officers located the car and an authorised pursuit took place. The Audi collided with a second vehicle before being abandoned; the three occupants then fled on foot. There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.

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Background: Officers previously released an image of what is believed to be Mohammed’s white Audi Q3, which was captured on CCTV travelling south on Hanworth Road, towards Whitton Road, in Hounslow at around 15:17hrs on 7 May.

The car had triggered an ANPR hit a short distance away on the A4, Transport Avenue, in Brentford around ten minutes earlier.

Although it is not possible to ascertain if it was Mohammed driving the car at this time, detectives established what they believe be the timeline of his car – an Audi Q3, registration LC67 CXS - captured on CCTV footage on Tuesday, 7 May, the day he was reported missing.

15:09hrs: car seen traveling southbound Hanworth Road.
15:11hrs: car travels on Whitton Road past Hounslow Railway Station.
15:19hrs: car turns left from Hanworth Road into Derby Road and parks close to.
15:49hrs: car is seen traveling south on Whitton Road generally in the direction of Park Road.