Greenford: Arrest made after elderly man on mobility scooter stabbed to death

Met Police detectives have now taken a 44-year-old male into custody.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after an 87-year-old man was knifed to death in west London while using a mobility scooter.

Thomas O’Halloran was stabbed in Greenford, Ealing, on Tuesday, August 16.

Met Police detectives launched a murder investigation and have now taken a 44-year-old male into custody.

He was arrested at an address in Southall in the early hours of Thursday, 18 August on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.

Police searching for the killer of an 87-year-old man stabbed to death in Greenford west London have named the victim as Thomas O’Halloran. Photo: Met Police

DCI Jim Eastwood who is leading the investigation said: “I would like to thank the public for their overwhelming support following this horrific incident.

“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.”

A man in his 80s has been fatally knifed while riding a mobility scooter in Greenford, west London. Photo: Ronaldo Butrus

Inquiries began after police were called at 4.06pm on Tuesday to Runnymede Gardens, at the junction with Cayton Road, Greenford, to reports of a man with stab wounds.

Officers gave emergency first aid until paramedics and the air ambulance arrived.

Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

He has been named as Thomas O’Halloran, who lived in the Greenford area.

Officers believe Mr O’Halloran was stabbed in Western Avenue shortly before 4.06pm before travelling around 75 yards on his mobility scooter to Runnymede Gardens.

He then flagged down a member of the public for help.

Specialist crime command detectives are leading the investigation, and anyone with footage of the incident is asked to upload it using this online form.

If you have any other information about the murder, please call the incident room on 020 8358 0300 quoting 4691/16AUG. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org.