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.
Aucune arrestation n'a été effectuée.
Hero neighbours rushed to try and save Thomas’s life before paramedics arrived, 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. He had lived in Greenford since the 70s.
Locals say he played to raise money for Ukrainian refugees. Some of those living in the area had given him the nickname “Mr Bond”, while others affectionately knew him as “Uncle Tom”.
Neighbour Anushka Burnett, 37, mentionné: “He’s absolutely lovely, he is one of the best neighbours.
“He is very helpful. If I’m outside trying to clean up or something or if I need anything, outils, he will pop them over.
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“He’s so helpful, beau, always has conversations with everyone. As soon as he sees you out, walk over, and he’ll just start talking to you.
“At his age he’d always like to have a joke as well, always laughing.”
Thomas is believed to have been heading to the pub when the attack happened, one friend said.
His daughter today told The Sun she was too distraught to talk.
Frasley Coutinho, who lived opposite where the attack happened said he saw a group of young boys gather around the elderly man.
Il a dit: “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, Raconté 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, de the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, mentionné: “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, mentionné: “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.
Le lundi, 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.
entre-temps, a 21-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a female was stabbed to death in Ealing.
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- Anyone who has information that could help police should call 101 with the reference CAD 4691/16 Aug