The Foreign Office has said it is aware of reports that an Irish man, 87, has been stabbed in west London and is ready to provide consular assistance.
Homas O’Halloran was killed in a “shocking act” of “unprovoked violence” according to Metropolitan Police Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson, who spoke at the scene in Greenford, west London.
The pensioner who was stabbed to death in his mobility scooter was named by UK police this afternoon.
Met officers and paramedics were called to Cayton Road, Greenford, shortly after 4pm on Tuesday to receive reports of a stabbing and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
On Wednesday, Mr Wilson said: “I understand our community will be justifiably shocked and appalled by this incident, as will I be.
“We are now able to identify the man who tragically lost his life as Mr Thomas O’Halloran, who lived in Greenford and was a well known and well-loved member of our community.
“We are appealing to anyone with dashcam or bike helmet footage who may have recorded this incident to get in touch.
“We believe Mr O’Halloran was stabbed to death just before 4pm yesterday Tuesday 16 August on Western Avenue before he managed to drive his mobility scooter approximately 75 meters to Runnymede Gardens where he was a member asked the public for help.”
Mr Wilson said additional police officers will be patrolling the area in the coming days, adding: “I am aware of the terrible impact such incidents are having on our communities. I want to assure you all that we are doing everything we can to solve the horrific crimes we have seen across London over the past few days.
“I stress that London remains one of the safest cities in the world.
“Finally, I would like to say that our thoughts and prayers remain with Thomas O’Halloran and his family.”
According to a friend who asked not to be named, he was attacked on his way to the busk.
He told the PA news agency: “He came back from Perivale to play his accordion and earn some money for his family and he was stabbed.”
Mr O’Halloran was said to be known locally for busking outside Greenford Station and was also said to have raised money for war-torn Ukraine.
A man believed to be Mr O’Halloran plays the instrument in poignant YouTube footage uploaded in October 2020 entitled “A Few Songs on the Accordion”.
Mr O’Halloran, whose Facebook says he is originally from Ennistymon, County Clare, wears a cap and glasses in the video and says: “Let’s go, ready? Wish me luck” before starting to play.
A man who works in a newsagent outside the station said: ‘He used to play his accordion here.
“He came every day for a long time, at least two years. He was usually out around five o’clock.”
Another shopkeeper said: “He was often in front of the train station and played the accordion.”
Frasley Coutinho, who lives across the street from where the attack took place, said he saw the victim surrounded by a group of young boys.
He said: “I saw a few people gathering around him and then he drove by and stopped further up and then there was a group of boys around him.”
There have been 58 murders in London so far this year.
Meanwhile, detectives have released images of a man they say they are trying to identify as “matter of urgency”.
He was armed with a knife and wore gray shorts, a dark T-shirt, a white baseball cap and white patterned construction gloves.
https://www.independent.ie/news/much-loved-elderly-man-stabbed-to-death-in-mobility-scooter-in-london-named-as-thomas-ohalloran-41918839.html ‘Much loved’ elderly man named Thomas O’Halloran stabbed to death in London in a mobility scooter