olice investigating the deadly stabbing of 87-year-old Thomas O’Halloran in Greenford have made an arrest.
Mr O’Halloran was discovered with stab wounds in Cayton Street, Greenford, close to the A40 in west London, at 4.06pm on Tuesday.
Officers consider Mr O’Halloran was stabbed in Western Avenue shortly earlier than 4.06pm earlier than managing to journey 75 yards on his mobility scooter to Runnymede Gardens, the place he flagged down a member of the general public for assist.
From there, officers responded and gave emergency first assist till the arrival of the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance. Regardless of one of the best efforts of the emergency providers, he was pronounced useless on the scene.
Mr O’Halloran often busked round Greenford taking part in his accordion and gathering cash to assist Ukraine defend itself in opposition to the Russian invasion.
A 44-year-old man was arrested at a property in Southall within the early hours of Thursday on suspicion of homicide. He stays in custody.
Detective Chief Inspector Jim Eastwood, main the investigation stated: “I want to thank the general public for his or her overwhelming help following this horrific incident. On account of the discharge of a CCTV picture yesterday, an arrest has been made and this investigation is progressing at tempo.
“Mr O’Halloran’s household have been up to date with this improvement and proceed to be supported by specifically educated officers. I’d reiterate their earlier request that their privateness is revered by everybody as they proceed to come back to phrases with their tragic loss.”
In the meantime the neighborhood in Greenford has paid tribute to Mr O’Halloran describing him as a “good outdated man” who raised a smile together with his busking and normal neighbourliness.
Hitesh Patel, 62, a store proprietor on the close by Greenford station, instructed the Customary: “He at all times had a Ukraine flag on the entrance of his basket. It stated ‘Assist for Ukraine’. He was an excellent, sort man.
“I noticed him simply earlier than he was killed heading as much as the A40 on his scooter. I used to be filling up with petrol however I want I had stated one thing. His spouse was additionally at all times with him in her mobility scooter.
“He instructed me he was Irish and had three sons. It’s so unhappy. I can’t consider anybody would damage him in broad daylight like that. We are going to miss him and his taking part in round right here.”
Simran Advani, 25, a senior property supervisor, stated: “We at all times used to see him on his mobility scooter — he at all times used to smile, he was a pleasant outdated man…This can be a very quiet space, you by no means hear any noise on this avenue.
“It’s scary for a person in his eighties to be killed right here.”
Neighbours stated Mr O’Halloran was affectionately often called “Uncle Tom” and had lived in Greenford because the Seventies.
One neighbour stated: “I’m actually upset. He at all times used to say howdy. I watched his boys develop up on the road.”
Forensic specialists have been on Wednesday seen loading luggage into police vans as dozens of officers guarded the scene. A cordon had been thrown across the website of residential semi-detached homes. It covers a T-junction between Cayton Street and Runnymede Gardens.
Anybody who has info that would assist police ought to name 101 ref CAD 4691/16 Aug