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Man arrested over west London mobility scooter murder

Man arrested over west London mobility scooter murder
Suspect was arrested some 5km away from scene of stabbing

O polícia Metropolitana have arrested a 44-year-old man on suspicion of murder over the fatal stabbing of an 87-year-old grandfather on a mobility scooter in west Londres.

Thomas O’Halloran travelled around 75 yards on his scooter desperately looking for help after he was stabbed in Greenford, oeste de Londres, at 4pm on Tuesday.

The suspect was arrested in Southhall, oeste de Londres, some 5km away from where the stabbing took place, in the early hours of Thursday, the Metropolitan Police said.

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Eastwood, quem está liderando a investigação, said the arrest was made possible with the help of the CCTV images released yesterday.

“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," ele disse.

“Mr O’Halloran‘s family have been updated with this development and continue to be supported by specially trained officers.”

The elderly man, who was known to locals as a popular busker, was given emergency first aid by police officers until London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance arrived, but was declared dead at the scene.

Images of a man who was wearing grey shorts, a dark t-shirt, a white baseball cap and white builder’s gloves, and covered in what seemed to be blood, were released by detectives do Comando de Especialistas em Crimes do Met.

<p>Handout CCTV image issued by the Metropolitan Police of a man wearing grey shorts, a dark coloured t-shirt, a white baseball cap and white patterned builder style gloves, and armed with a knife</p>

Handout CCTV image issued by the Metropolitan Police of a man wearing grey shorts, a dark coloured t-shirt, a white baseball cap and white patterned builder style gloves, and armed with a knife

The man was seen fleeing the scene armed with a knife.

Mr Eastwood described the man as a “dangerous individual” and urged people to not approach him after spotting him, but to call police immediately on 999 .

The officers responded to a crime scene on Cayton Road in Greenford after the pensioner flagged down a member of the public for help.

One of his friends said he was coming back from Perivale to play his accordion and make some money for his family before he was stabbed to death.

Mr O’Halloran was originally from Ennistymon, Co Clare, in the west of Ireland and he is survived his family, including his sister, two brothers, nieces and nephews.

He was nicknamed the “music man” by locals for his passion for busking. He garnered attention on social media after his videos of his busking to raise money for Ukrainians went viral months before his death.

<p>O’Halloran, 87, on his mobility scooter playing the accordion outside Tesco, Perival, oeste de Londresplt;/p>

O’Halloran, 87, on his mobility scooter playing the accordion outside Tesco, Perival, oeste de Londres

The viral video clips from June showed Mr O’Halloran smiling and playing his accordion on his mobility scooter, with a makeshift blue and yellow collection box strapped to his frame.

The tragic death of the musician has led to a deep shock in the local community in Clare where he was very popular.

Local Fine Gael senator Martin Conway said Mr O’Halloran‘s death has left his home community in Ennistymon and north Clare in “deep shock and sadness” as he was a well-known figure and often busked for charity.

Former Labour MP Stephen Pound also offered his condolences over the death of the pensioner, saying he was an ex-constituent whom he knew from the busker’s regular public presence in the area.

“Tom was a real local character. He would be outside Greenford station playing the accordion, occasionally the harmonica,” he told GB News.

“He was a sweet, lovely manHe was well-liked and well-loved, mas, above all, he was one of those characters who would cement an area.”