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UPDATE: New arrest in Mohammed Shah Subhani murder investigation

News   •   Oct 22, 2019 10:18 BST

[Mohammed Shah Subhani]

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

A 22-year-old man [F] was arrested at an address in west London on Tuesday, 22 October on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

He has been taken into custody at a west London police station for questioning.

In addition, a search warrant has been executed at a residential address in west London that is linked to the arrested man.

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

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

An extensive police enquiry 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, lead to police 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.

Officers are also keen to hear from anyone who may have information related to a Blue Range Rover Evoque, using false plates MF13 AOT, which was at the corner of Derby Road, at the same time as Shah around 15:20hrs on Tuesday, 7 May. Officers know the car later travelled to Ilford on those plates but has not been seen since. It had a lot of body damage and may have since been passed on.

Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, who is leading the investigation, said: “Despite meeting a wall of silence we are making progress. Our determination to find those responsible for Shah’s murder is undiminished. Today we have made a new arrest and premises are being searched as a direct result of ‘new developments’, the community will be central to solving Shah’s case and giving him the dignified burial he deserves. 

“There has been a tremendous effort to find Shah and the jigsaw is coming together, there are some missing pieces or bits in the wrong place and that’s where your call could be a game changer making that critical link. 

“If you have information, but are concerned about relaying to us what you know for fear of your safety, I would say that we can speak to you in the strictest of confidence. You can also make use of anonymous resources such as the independent charity Crimestoppers. What matters most is that you make the call.

“In the midst of their devastation, Shah’s family have welcomed into their family his first child, who is now two-months old. I know the birth has been a glimmer of light for Shah’s family, but the child has been robbed of a father, and no family deserves this. 

“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 crimestoppers-uk.org.

Several arrests have been made as part of the investigation into Shah’s murder.

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.

A 19-year-old man [E] was arrested on Thursday, 29 August on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and kidnap. He was released under investigation.