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Elderly Irish man on mobility scooter stabbed to death in London

Elderly Irish man on mobility scooter stabbed to death in London

An elderly man who was stabbed to death in England while riding his mobility scooter has been named by police as Thomas O'Halloran.

It is understood that he attempted to flee the scene to seek help following the incident but was later pronounced dead.

According to the Examiner, Mr O'Halloran is originally from Ennistymon, Co Clare.

Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson has called the attack in west London yesterday a "shocking act of unprovoked violence".

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He says the 87-year-old managed to flag down a member of the public despite being severely injured.

"We believe that Mr O'Halloran was stabbed in Western Avenue shortly after 4 pm yesterday before managing to travel 75 yards or so on his mobility scooter."Β 

The location where the stabbing took place is reportedly just yards away from a busy bus stop in a built-up area.

No arrests have yet been made and London's Metropolitan Police have appealed for information on the whereabouts of a man that was seen leaving the area at the time of the attack.

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Speaking to Sky News a neighbour described Mr O'Halloran.

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"We always used to see him on his mobility scooter - he always used to smile, he was a nice old man."

"This is a very quiet area, you never hear any noise on this street," she added.

"It's scary for a man in his 80s to be killed here. Most people on this road are elderly, you never hear any noise and never see any young people.

"It was just like a normal day today.

"There's a parade of shops just round the corner under the train tracks and through an alleyway which he might have been heading from or to."

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Eastwood, who is leading the investigation, said: β€œWe are keen to identify the man in the CCTV images as a matter of urgency. He is clearly a dangerous individual and people are advised not to approach him, but to call us immediately on 999 if they know him or have any information regarding his whereabouts.

β€œMy team and I have been working around the clock to bring Mr O’Halloran’s killer to justice, but we need your help. If you have any information at all that will assist us with our investigation – no matter how small – please contact us or alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously.

β€œI’d also appeal to anyone who might have dash cam or cycle helmet footage that might have captured the incident to get in touch with us.”

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