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UPDATE: Fifth arrest in Mohammed Shah Subhani investigation

News   •   Aug 29, 2019 14:50 BST

[Mohammed Shah Subhani]

Detectives investigating the disappearance and murder of Mohammed Shah Subhani – known as ‘Shah’ – have made a further arrest.

On Thursday, 29 August, a 19-year-old-man [E] was arrested at an address in west London on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and kidnap.

In addition, two search warrants have been executed at two further residential addresses in west London. 

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

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

An extensive police inquiry was launched to find Shah and there have been numerous appeals for the public’s help.

Shah’s car was recovered with ballistic damage on Wednesday, 19 June and this, taken with the circumstances of his disappearance, means police are now treating this as a murder inquiry. 

Another development is the recovery on Saturday, 3 August, in Hounslow, of a black BMW X5 that was on cloned plates, YC67MFY.

This vehicle had been stolen overnight from Reading Road in Farnborough, Hampshire on Friday, 8 February. Police are keen to hear from anyone with information about this car’s movements from Tuesday, 7 May. 

Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, who is leading the investigation, said: “These searches and the further arrest should make it plain that we are determined to find those responsible for taking Shah and the investigation is now gathering traction.

“We have now made five arrests - and have also interviewed a man under caution at a London prison, where he is serving time for an unrelated matter. We are also searching two addresses, in west London, for evidence that may lead us to those who abducted Shah. In addition, the seizure of the BMW X5, which was found on false plates in Hounslow, is another significant development.

“Shah’s first child is due to be born any day now and this should be a joyous time for his family, instead their lives are tormented with fear and uncertainty. A substantial reward of £20,000 remains on offer for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those involved. I would urge anyone who can help Shah’s family to call police or Crimestoppers. Those in the know, just imagine the pain your silence is causing Shah’s loving family.”

Anyone with any information about Shah’s disappearance is asked to call police on 101, or contact via Twitter @MetCC. Please quote Operation Rockton.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at

Four men have previously been arrested in connection with the investigation. 

A 23-year-old-man [A] was arrested on Tuesday, 2 July on suspicion of perverting the course of justice, he has been released under investigation.

Two men – aged 22 [B] and 25 [C] – were arrested on Monday, 8 July on suspicion of murder, kidnap/abduction and perverting the course of justice. [B] remains on bail, while [C] was released under investigation. 

A 20-year-old man [D] was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder, kidnap and perverting the course of justice on Wednesday, 31 July. He was subsequently released under investigation pending further enquiries.