Greenford stabbing: Elderly man knifed to death while riding mobility scooter

A Met spokesperson said: “A crime scene is in place and urgent inquiries to establish what happened are ongoing.”
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A man in his 80s has been fatally knifed while riding a mobility scooter in Greenford, west London.

Met Police officers rushed to Cayton Road, Greenford, at 4.06pm yesterday (Tuesday, August 16), after reports a man had suffered stab injuries.

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They found a man, believed to be in his 80s, who was suffering from stab wounds.

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

And despite the efforts of paramedics he was declared dead at the scene.

A Met spokesperson said: “A crime scene is in place and urgent inquiries to establish what happened are ongoing.”

Police have not yet named the victim, and are working to inform the next of kin.

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Met Police officers rushed to Cayton Road, Greenford, at 4.06pm yesterday. Photo: Ronaldo ButrusMet Police officers rushed to Cayton Road, Greenford, at 4.06pm yesterday. Photo: Ronaldo Butrus
Met Police officers rushed to Cayton Road, Greenford, at 4.06pm yesterday. Photo: Ronaldo Butrus

The fatal attack happened next to the busy A40, and detectives urged drivers and cyclists in the area with dash or helmet camera footage to come forward.

Detectives have not yet made any arrests.

Forensic officers, crime scene tents, and a police cordon are at the scene between Cayton Road and Runnymede Gardens, which is being guarded by dozens of officers.

Det Ch Insp Jim Eastwood from the Met’s specialist crime command said: “My officers are working to understand what has happened to this man, and we need the public’s assistance.

“I’m asking anyone with dashcam or cycle-helmet footage to contact us if they were using the Western Avenue A40 eastbound in the proximity of Cayton Road and Welland Gardens between 3.15pm and 4pm.

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“The elderly victim, who was riding a mobility scooter, was in the area at the time.

A man, believed to be in his 80s, was found suffering from stab wounds. Photo: Ronaldo ButrusA man, believed to be in his 80s, was found suffering from stab wounds. Photo: Ronaldo Butrus
A man, believed to be in his 80s, was found suffering from stab wounds. Photo: Ronaldo Butrus

“If you saw the victim, or captured anyone acting suspiciously in the area, it is imperative that you make contact.”

Ch Supt Sean Wilson, lead for policing in Ealing, said: “This is an awful incident that will understandably cause considerable alarm to people locally and across London.

“Our thoughts are with the elderly victim.

An elderly man has been stabbed in Greenford, west London. Photo: Google StreetviewAn elderly man has been stabbed in Greenford, west London. Photo: Google Streetview
An elderly man has been stabbed in Greenford, west London. Photo: Google Streetview

“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.

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“The support of the public is crucial. Police and the community must work together to identify violent offenders and remove them from our streets.

“My officers will remain on scene. They are there to help and protect you – if you have information that you want to share please approach them and tell them what you know.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “I’m devastated that an elderly man was killed in a horrific attack this evening.

“My thoughts are with the victim’s loved ones.

“I’m in close contact with the Met Police who have an additional uniformed presence in the area. I urge anyone with information to come forward.”

So far this year there have been 58 homicides in London, including this stabbing of a pensioner on his mobility scooter.