Detectives investigating the murder of an 87-year-old grandfather in Greenford, west London, have released images of a man who was seen running from the scene armed with a knife.
The brutal murder of Thomas O’Halloran, who was using his mobility scooter at the time of the savage assault has shocked the local community.
Mr O’Halloran was fatally stabbed next to the busy A40 dual carriageway in Greenford, west London, in broad daylight yesterday (Tuesday, August 16) afternoon - but police say he continued to travel 75 yards on his mobility aid after the attack.
Police now want to identify a man seen in CCTV footage - who was seen running from the scene - as a matter of urgency.
He is described as wearing grey shorts, a dark coloured T-shirt, a white baseball cap and white patterned builder style gloves.
Det Ch Insp Jim Eastwood, who is leading the investigation, said: “We are keen to identify the man in the CCTV images as a matter of urgency.
“He is clearly a dangerous individual and people are advised not to approach him, but to call us immediately on 999 if they know him or have any information regarding his whereabouts.
“My team and I have been working around the clock to bring Mr O’Halloran’s killer to justice, but we need your help.
“If you have any information at all that will assist us with our investigation – no matter how small – please contact us or alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously.
“I’d also appeal to anyone who might have dash cam or cycle helmet footage that might have captured the incident to get in touch with us.”
Ch Sup Sean Wilson, who is in charge of policing for west London, including Ealing, said: “Mr O’Halloran had his life needlessly snatched away in a shocking act of unprovoked violence.
“I understand that the community will, quite rightly, be shocked and appalled by this incident as I am too.
“Mr O’Halloran was a very well known and much loved member of our community. My thoughts are with his family and friends. I’d like to appeal for their privacy to be respected while they come to terms with their loss.
“Detectives from the Specialist Crime Command, with the assistance of my officers, have been working tirelessly over the last 20 hours to understand what has happened and to identify who is responsible for this horrific crime.
“The public will see extra officers patrolling the area over the coming days. They are there to help and protect you – so if you have any concerns or information that you want to share then please approach them.
“I realise the impact incidents like this have on our communities, but I’d like to reassure you that we are doing all we can to solve the horrendous crimes we’ve seen across London over the last few days.
“I stress that London remains one of the safest cities in the world, but we need your help and so please come forward with any information you have about this awful incident or any other violent crimes.
“Our thoughts and prayers remain with Thomas O’Halloran and his family at this time.”
The latest killing spree in the capital began when Kacey Boothe, 25, was shot in Walthamstow in the early hours of Saturday.
Stephen Goodman, 60, was fatally injured during a fight in Dagenham, east London, on Sunday. A 23-year-old local man has been charged with murder.
Sonny Booty, 36, found dead at an address in Lewisham, south east London, on Sunday. A 53-year-old man has been charged with murder.
School dinner lady Aziza Bennis, 58, was stabbed to death at her home in Acton, west London, on Tuesday.
A 21-year-old woman has been charged with murder.
Anyone with footage of the incident is asked to upload it using this online form.
Anyone who knows the man in the image, or has information about the murder, is asked to 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.