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An elderly man who was stabbed to death while driving a motorized scooter has been identified as Thomas O’Halloran, as police released footage of a “dangerous” knife-wielding man.
The 87-year-old victim was attacked in a “shocking act” of “unprovoked violence” in Greenford, west London, just after 4pm yesterday.
Image shows a man fleeing with gloves and a knifeCredit: PA
It is believed a group of young men surrounded him on West Street and fatally stabbed him before managing to ride his scooter to Runneymede Gardens, 75 yards away.
He called the public for help but could not be rescued. No one was arrested.
However, at this lunchtime, police released footage of a man fleeing from the scene armed with a knife. They urge anyone who recognizes him to contact him immediately.
The man is wearing grey shorts, a dark T-shirt, a white baseball cap and white architectural gloves.
Detective Chief Inspector Jim Eastwood
Detective Chief Inspector Jim Eastwood, who is leading the investigation, said: “We are desperate to identify the man on CCTV footage.
“He is clearly a dangerous person and people are advised to stay away from him and to contact us immediately on 999 if they know of him or have any information about his whereabouts.
“My team and I have been working around the clock to bring Mr O’Halloran’s killer to justice, but we need his help.
“If he has any information, no matter how small, that would help our investigation, please contact us or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously.”
Heroic neighbors scrambled to try and save Thomas’ life before paramedics arrived. Despite his best efforts, he was pronounced dead on the spot after a horrific ambush.
Thomas is well known in the area and he often plays his accordion in the nearby Tesco and in front of the train station. He has lived in Greenford since the 1970s.
Locals said he played to raise money for Ukrainian refugees. He was nicknamed “Mr. Bond” by some in the area, while others affectionately called him “Uncle Tom”.
Neighbor Anushka Burnett, 37, said: “He’s so lovely, he’s one of the nicest neighbours.
“He was very helpful. If I was outside and wanted to clean or something, or if I needed anything, tools, he would bring them out.
“He was very helpful and charismatic, he was always talking to everyone. As soon as he saw you come out, walk over and he would start talking to you.”
“At his age, he also always likes to make a joke, always laugh.”
A friend said Thomas was believed to be on his way to a pub when the attack took place.
His daughter told The Sun today she was distraught and speechless.
Frasley Coutinho, who lives near the scene of the attack, said he saw a group of “little boys” surrounding the elderly man.
“It happened in broad daylight in the summer, on a busy highway,” he added.
“When I found out, I checked [CCTV] lens. I think it all happened in an alley before.