AN 87 year old Ennistymon native was stabbed to death while travelling on his mobility scooter in London.
Metropolitan Police in West London have said a “shocking act” of “unprovoked violence” saw Thomas O’Halloran killed in Greenford on Tuesday. He was declared dead at the scene when met officers and paramedics were called to Cayton Rd to reports of a stabbing shortly after 4pm.
Thomas busked outside Greenford Station and was known to be raising money for war-torn Ukraine. It is understood that Thomas was attacked while on his way to busk. The grand-father used to play his accordion outside the station.
Known affectionately as ‘Uncle Tom’ by his neighbours, Tom lived in Greenford since the 1970s.
Speaking on Wednesday, Metropolitan Police Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson said: “I understand that our community will quite rightly be shocked and appalled by this incident, as I am too. We are now able to name the man who has tragically lost his life as Mr Thomas O’Halloran, who lived in Greenford and was a very well-known and much-loved member of our community.
“We are appealing to anybody with dashcam or cycle-helmet footage that might have captured this incident to get into contact with us. We believe that Mr O’Halloran was stabbed in Western Avenue shortly before 4pm yesterday, Tuesday 16 August, before managing to travel 75 yards or so on his mobility scooter to Runnymede Gardens where he flagged down a member of public for help.”
Wilson said extra police will be patrolling the area for the coming days, adding: “I realise the dreadful impact that incidents like this have on our communities. I would like to reassure you all that we are doing all we can to solve the horrendous crimes that we have seen across London over the last few days.
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An 87-year-old grandfather was brutally murdered in Greenford shortly after 4pm yesterday.
This man was seen running away from the scene with a knife.
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— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) August 17, 2022