Man is arrested over mobility scooter murder: Cops quiz suspect, 44, after fatal stabbing of beloved 87-year-old busker who had been raising cash for Ukraine victims of war outside Tesco
- Thomas O’Halloran, 87, was stabbed to death while riding mobility scooter
- Busker was well-known in Greenford, West London, for playing accordion
- Man, 44, was arrested at a property in nearby Southall early this morning
A 44-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the fatal stabbing of beloved busker Thomas O’Halloran on a mobility scooter in west London.
Scotland Yard said the suspect has been arrested at a property in nearby Southall early this morning and remains in custody following Tuesday’s shocking attack in Greenford.
Mr O’Halloran, 87, was often seen busking with a harmonica and accordion to raise money for Ukraine outside a Tesco store and South Greenford railway station.
Tributes have poured in for the pensioner, who is understood to be a member of the Irish community in Ealing and was described as ‘well-liked and well-loved’.
Detective Chief Inspector Jim Eastwood, leading the investigation, said: ‘I would like to thank the public for their overwhelming support following this horrific incident.
Thomas O’Halloran, 87, was stabbed to death while riding his mobility scooter on Tuesday
Mr O’Halloran’s mobility scooter with the Ukrainian flag’s colours, in Greenford on Tuesday
‘As a result of the release of a CCTV image yesterday, an arrest has been made and this investigation is progressing at pace.
‘Mr O’Halloran’s family have been updated with this development and continue to be supported by specially trained officers.
‘I would reiterate their previous request that their privacy is respected by everyone as they continue to come to terms with their tragic loss.’
Metropolitan Police officers were called at 4.06pm on Tuesday to Runnymede Gardens at the junction with Cayton Road to reports of a man with stab wounds.
An aerial view taken yesterday of the scene in Greenford where Mr O’Halloran was stabbed
Metropolitan Police officers, pictured at the scene yesterday, were called at 4pm on Tuesday
Officers gave Mr O’Halloran emergency first aid until the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance arrived, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Detectives believe he was stabbed on the A40 Western Avenue before managing to travel around 75 yards or his mobility scooter to Runnymede Gardens.
There, he flagged down a member of the public for help. Detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command are leading the investigation.
Anyone with footage of the incident is asked to upload it via an online form. Anyone who knows the man in the image, or has details about the murder, is asked to call the incident room on 020 8358 0300 quoting 4691/16AUG. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by clicking here