AN ELDERLY man who was stabbed to death in broad daylight as he rode his mobility scooter has been named as Thomas O’Halloran.
The busker, 87, was attacked in Cayton Road, Greenford in West London just after 4pm yesterday.
It’s believed he was surrounded by a gang of youths before he was fatally injured.
لم يتم إجراء أي اعتقالات.
سارع الجيران الأبطال لمحاولة إنقاذ حياة توماس قبل وصول المسعفين, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The killer is believed to have fled in the seconds after the horrifying ambush.
Thomas was well-known in the area and often busked with his accordion outside supermarkets and the train station. كان يعيش في جرينفورد منذ السبعينيات.
Locals say he played to raise money for Ukrainian refugees. وقد أطلق عليه بعض سكان المنطقة اللقب “السيد بوند”, بينما يعرفه الآخرون بمودة “العم توم”.
الجار أنوشكا بورنيت, 37, قالت: "إنه محبوب للغاية, إنه أحد أفضل الجيران.
“إنه متعاون للغاية. إذا كنت بالخارج أحاول التنظيف أو شيء من هذا القبيل أو إذا كنت بحاجة إلى أي شيء, أدوات, سوف يفرقعهم.
الأكثر قراءة في الشمس
“إنه مفيد للغاية, محبوب, دائما محادثات مع الجميع. حالما يراك خارجا, تجاوز, وسيبدأ الحديث معك.
“في سنه ، كان يرغب دائمًا في المزاح أيضًا, يضحك دائما."
يعتقد أن توماس كان متوجهاً إلى الحانة عندما وقع الهجوم, قال أحد الأصدقاء.
أخبرت ابنته اليوم The Sun أنها كانت في حالة ذهول من التحدث.
Frasley Coutinho, who lived opposite where the attack happened said he saw a group of young boys gather around the elderly man.
هو قال: “I saw a couple of people gathering around him and then he drove past and stopped further up, and then there was a group of young boys around him.
HORROR IN BROAD DAYLIGHT
“I had a rose plant blocking it so I couldn’t see anymore.”
Tony Paraskeba, 52, أخبر the Evening Standard: “It’s so sad. My son loved him.
“He would ask him to blow his horn on the scooter whenever he saw him and he would. He is so upset.
“Why would anyone hurt an old man?"
Thomas’s death marks the capital’s sixth homicide in just four days.
Police want to speak to anyone with dash cam or cycle helmet footage who was using the Western Avenue A40 Eastbound near Cayton Road and Welland Gardens between 1.15pm and 4.15pm.
Detective Chief Inspector Jim Eastwood, من عند the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, قالت: “If you saw the victim, or captured anyone acting suspiciously in the area, it is imperative that you make contact.”
It’s so sad. My son loved him. Why would anyone hurt an old man?
Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson, lead for policing in Ealing, قالت: “This is an awful incident that will understandably cause considerable alarm.
“We are supporting our colleagues in specialist crime as they work to understand what has happened and identify who is responsible for this horrific crime.
“The support of the public is crucial. Police and the community must work together to identify violent offenders and remove them from our streets.”
Londoners have been left stunned by a spate of serious crime since the week began.
في يوم الاثنين, three people were shot in Brent. Cops have launched a manhunt for the attacker after a 17-year-old boy and two men were gunned down.
في أثناء, a 21-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a female was stabbed to death in Ealing.
وأ woman in her 30s was raped in a horror attack by a stranger on a North London street in the early hours of the morning.
- Anyone who has information that could help police should call 101 with the reference CAD 4691/16 Aug