Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to, following the fatal stabbing of an 87-year-old man who collected money for charity on his mobility scooter.
Officers believe he was stabbed in Western Avenue shortly before 16:06hrs on Tuesday before managing to travel 75 yards on his mobility scooter to Runnymede Gardens, where he flagged down a member of the public for help.
The pensioner, who has been named as Thomas O’Halloran, was attacked on Tuesday in Greenford, west London, and police were called just after 4pm. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
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.”
Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson, who is in charge of policing for west London, including Ealing, said: “Mr O’Halloran had his life needlessly snatched away in a shocking act of unprovoked violence.
“I understand that the community will, quite rightly, be shocked and appalled by this incident as I am too.
“Mr O’Halloran was a very well known and much loved member of our community.
“Detectives from the Specialist Crime Command, with the assistance of my officers, have been working tirelessly over the last 20 hours to understand what has happened and to identify who is responsible for this horrific crime.
“The public will see extra officers patrolling the area over the coming days.”