Police release CCTV image of man seen running from scene where 87-year-old was murdered

The 87-year-old has been named by police as Thomas O'Halloran

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Detectives investigating the murder of an 87-year-old grandfather in Ealing have released images of a man who was seen running from the scene armed with a knife.

Police were called at 16:06hrs on Tuesday, 16 August to Runnymede Gardens, at the junction with Cayton Road, Greenford to reports of a man with stab wounds.

Officers responded and gave emergency first aid until the arrival of the London Ambulance Service and London's Air Ambulance.

The 87-year-old man stabbed to death in his mobility scooter has been named by police as Thomas O’Halloran.

The police are hoping to speak to the individual who was spotted on CCTV.
The police are hoping to speak to the individual who was spotted on CCTV.

Mr O’Halloran was killed in a “shocking act” of “unprovoked violence”, Metropolitan Police Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson said at the scene in Greenford, west London.

Met officers and paramedics were called shortly after 4pm on Tuesday to Cayton Road, Greenford, to reports of a stabbing and he was declared dead at the scene.

Detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command are leading the investigation and they have released images of a man they are keen to identify as a matter of urgency. He was seen fleeing the scene armed with a knife.

Thomas O'Halloran was stabbed to death while on his mobility scooter on Tuesday.
Thomas O'Halloran was stabbed to death while on his mobility scooter on Tuesday.

He was wearing grey shorts, a dark coloured t-shirt, a white baseball cap and white patterned builder style gloves.

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Eastwood, who is leading the investigation, said: “We 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.

“My 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.

“I’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.”

Anyone who knows the man in the image, or has information about the murder, is asked to call the incident room on 020 8358 0300 quoting 4691/16AUG, or contact Crimestoppers.