Man, 44, arrested on suspicion of murder following fatal stabbing of Thomas O'Halloran

Mr O'Halloran was riding his mobility scooter in west London at the time of the attack

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

The man was arrested at an address in Southall, west London, in the early hours of Thursday, the Metropolitan Police said.

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Eastwood, who leads the investigation, said: “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.

Thomas O’Halloran
Thomas O’Halloran
The New Scotland Yard sign outside the Metropolitan Police headquarters in London
The New Scotland Yard sign outside the Metropolitan Police headquarters in London

“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, west London, 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 about 4pm before managing to travel 75 yards or so on his mobility scooter to Runnymede Gardens, where he flagged down a member of the public for help.

Footage of the “sweet, lovely” 87-year-old emerged on Wednesday showing him busking to raise money for Ukraine months before the killing.

Mr O’Halloran can be seen playing his accordion and smiling with a makeshift blue and yellow collection box strapped to his frame in the video posted online in June.

Sporting a cap and glasses, he finishes his performance before breaking into a grin when a spectator remarked: “Lovely.”