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Arrest over fatal stabbing of 87-year-old on mobility scooter

Arrest over fatal stabbing of 87-year-old on mobility scooter
A 44-year-old man was arrested in Southall, Wes-Londen, in die vroeë oggendure van Donderdag.

A 44-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of 87-year-old Thomas O’Halloran on a mobility scooter in west London.

He was arrested at an address in Southall, Wes-Londen, in die vroeë oggendure van Donderdag, die Metropolitaanse polisie gesê.

Speurhoofinspekteur Jim Eastwood, wat die ondersoek lei, gesê: “Ek wil graag die publiek bedank vir hul oorweldigende ondersteuning na hierdie aaklige voorval.

“As a result of the release of a CCTV image yesterday, 'n arrestasie is gemaak en hierdie ondersoek vorder vinnig.

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

It comes after officers were called to Cayton Road in Greenford, Wes-Londen, on Tuesday to reports of a stabbing and Mr O’Halloran was declared dead at the scene.

Detectives believe Mr O’Halloran was stabbed in Western Avenue at about 4pm before managing to travel around 75 yards on his mobility scooter to Runnymede Gardens, where he flagged down a member of the public for help.

Mnr O'Halloran was oorspronklik van Ennistymon, Co Clare, in the west of Ireland.

The local community in Clare expressed their “deep shock” following the pensioner’s death.

Mr O’Halloran is survived by his family, insluitend sy suster, twee broers, niggies en nefies.

Plaaslik Fine Gael senator Martin Conway said Mr O’Halloran visited Ireland regularly and that his death has left his home community in Ennistymon and north Clare in “deep shock and sadness”.

Mr Conway noted the passionate musician was “very popular” in Greenford and often busked for charity.

Forensic officers were sent to the scene in west London following the fatal stabbing (Jonathan Brady/PA)
Forensic officers were sent to the scene in west London following the fatal stabbing (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Footage on social media shows Mr O’Halloran busking to raise money for Oekraïne months before the killing.

He can be seen playing his accordion and smiling, met 'n tydelike blou en geel kollekteboks aan sy raam vasgemaak, in the video posted online in June.

Poots Arbeid MP Stephen Pound paid tribute to Mr O’Halloran, an ex-constituent whom he knew from the busker’s regular public presence in the area.

He told GB News: “Tom was 'n ware plaaslike karakter. Hy sou buite Greenford-stasie wees om die trekklavier te speel, soms die mondharmonika.

“Hy was ’n liefling, lovely man… He was well-liked and well-loved, maar, bowenal, hy was een van daardie karakters wat ’n area sou sementeer.”