Man arrested over fatal attack on Clare man in London

18/08/2022 15:48:00

Police in London have arrested a 44-year-old man on suspicion of the murder of Irishman Thomas O'Halloran | Read more:

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Police in London have arrested a 44-year-old man on suspicion of the murder of Irishman Thomas O'Halloran | Read more:

A 44-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of 87-year-old Thomas O'Halloran, originally from Co Clare, in west London .

Mr O'Halloran, who used a mobility scooter, was originally from Ennistymon in Co Clare, and lived in the Greenford area of west London.He is survived by his brothers George and Richard, and sister Bridget, as well as many nieces and nephews, who live in the west Clare town.

The man was arrested at an address in Southall, west London, in the early hours of this morning, 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.

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Hopefully the Irish Government will advise all citzens to take a knee in solidarity against this brutal killing act of an innocent white Irish man by black man in London. We also need to change our Instagram profiles to a white square. Diversity in all its strength How could anyone attack a defenceless elderly man? What is wrong with our society?

London has hit Rock Bottom. The poor old man, God rest his sole! What’s wrong with the world?!? And I’m sure the low life who murdered him will get a light sentence too🤬 Met Police release images of man seen running with knife just after murder of 87 year-old grandad Thomas O’Halloran in Greenford, West London.

antiwhite Khan's London, what a shithole. How awful. Poor soul RIP. Diversity in all its strength.

Man (44) arrested after beloved busking Irishman (87) stabbed to death in LondonA 44-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of 87-year-old Irishman Thomas O'Halloran on a mobility scooter in west London . RIP

Man, 44, arrested for murder of OAP, 87, stabbed to death on mobility scooterA MAN has today been arrested on suspicion of murder after an 87-year-old pensioner was stabbed to death on his mobility scooter. Thomas O’Halloran was attacked in a “shocking act”…

London mobility scooter stabbing victim named as Irishman Thomas O’Halloran, 87Pensioner was known locally for playing accordion outside shops in effort to raise money for Ukraine Here's a photograph of the diverse and enriching murderer since the Irish Times was too shy to show you one: So so so sad! May he RIP. Stabbed by one of those doctors or engineers that immigrated into the UK I see! Suaimhneas síoraí dá anam. LDNIrishCentre

'Dangerous' man who fled scene of mobility scooter stabbing in London sought by policePolice in London are seeking a 'dangerous' knife-wielding man who fled the scene of a fatal attack on an 87-year-old man earlier today Suaimhneas síoraí dá anam. dfatirl simoncoveney PresidentIRL SenatorMarkDaly OireachtasNews IrelandEmbGB LDNIrishCentre IrlEmbUkraine Images of this scumbag are all over the news barring . No doubt if he was white you’d have his face & skin colour all over the article It would not had been hard to include the picture of the suspect in the story…just because it doesn’t fit the narrative…I mean the poor man did die..

Man arrested over murder of Clare man in LondonA 44-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of 87-year-old Thomas O'Halloran in west London . Mr O'Halloran, who used a mobility scooter, was originally from Ennistymon in Co Clare and lived in the Greenford area of west London Hope they throw the book at him So sad and a tragic way for this kind and gentle guy to lose his life London is the biggest dump in the world, nobody is safe there.

Tributes paid after Irishman (87) stabbed to death in ‘shocking act of violence’ in LondonWarm tributes are being paid to a pensioner originally from Ennistymon in Co Clare who was stabbed to death in his mobility scooter in west London yesterday. So so Sad Rip 🙏

A 44-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of 87-year-old Thomas O'Halloran in west London.Salman Rushdie was protected by IRA on visits to Ireland under his deadly £3m fatwa Mr O’Halloran was attacked in Greenford’s Cayton Road at around 4pm by at least one knifeman, who police described as “extremely dangerous”.Exact time new heatwave could hit Ireland as high pressure builds on charts "As a result of the release of a CCTV image yesterday, an arrest has been made and this investigation is progressing at pace.Expand Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Thomas O'Halloran, 87, who was stabbed to death on Tuesday.

Mr O'Halloran, who used a mobility scooter, was originally from Ennistymon in Co Clare, and lived in the Greenford area of west London. He is survived by his brothers George and Richard, and sister Bridget, as well as many nieces and nephews, who live in the west Clare town. Neighbours rushed to help and tried administering first aid before paramedics arrived. The man was arrested at an address in Southall, west London, in the early hours of this morning, the Metropolitan Police said." Hero neighbours rushed to try and save Thomas's life before paramedics arrived. 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. London police last night released CCTV images of a man, armed with a knife, running from the scene. As a result of the release of a CCTV image yesterday, an arrest has been made and this investigation is progressing at pace. 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.

"Mr O'Halloran's family have been updated with this development and continue to be supported by specially trained officers. Detective Chief Inspector Jim Eastwood, who is leading the investigation, said: “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. He had lived in Greenford since the 70s." Mr O'Halloran was killed in a"shocking act" of"unprovoked violence", Metropolitan Police Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson said at the scene yesterday. He was attacked while on his way to busk, according to a friend, who did not want to be named. Local Fianna Fáil councillor Shane Talty said: “He left Ennistymon as a young man but remained in contact with family here. Chief Supt Wilson told the PA news agency:"He was coming back from Perivale to play his accordion and make some money for his family and he was stabbed to death. Some of those living in the area had given him the nickname "Mr Bond", while others affectionately knew him as "Uncle Tom"." 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. “Sympathies of all the Ennistymon community to the extended O’Halloran family at this difficult time. The Metropolitan police west area commander, Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson, said: “Yesterday an 87-year-old grandfather on a mobility scooter had his life needlessly snatched away in a shocking act of unprovoked violence right here in Greenford.

Police believe Mr O'Halloran was stabbed at about 4pm in Western Avenue before managing to travel 70 metres or so on his mobility scooter to Runnymede Gardens, where he flagged down a member of the public for help. Mr O'Halloran was said to be known locally for busking outside Greenford Station and was also said to be raising money for war-torn Ukraine. Hitesh Patel (62), a shop owner at Greenford station, said Mr O’Halloran had three children and would often play the accordion on his mobility scooter outside Tesco and Greenford station to raise money for Ukraine victims. If I’m outside trying to clean up or something or if I need anything, tools, he will pop them over. A man who works in a newsagents outside the station said:"He used to play his accordion here. "He came every day for a long time, at least two years. Mr O'Halloran who had been riding a mobility scooter on Cayton Road, Greenford, in west London Photo: Kieran McKenna /PA Wire — © PA “People used to call him Mr Bond because he would drive around on his scooter and rev the engine,” said Ms Patel. He usually busked around five o'clock. "At his age he’d always like to have a joke as well, always laughing. “We believe that Mr O’Halloran was stabbed in Western Avenue shortly after 4pm yesterday, Tuesday August 16th, 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,” he said.

" Another shopkeeper said:"He was often outside the station playing his accordion. My husband saw him yesterday at about 11am near to where it happened on the A40." 'Uncrowned king of Greenford' Former Labour MP for Ealing North Steve Pound has said Mr O'Halloran was"the uncrowned king of Greenford, and his mobility scooter was like his throne". Speaking to RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Mr Pound said:"He was so much an integral part of our community. He had quite a few sons, I think. He was almost like the hub around which all of Greenford revolved and circulated, because he was always there holding court outside the café opposite Tesco in Greenford, or playing his accordion and not playing, probably, the finest version of Danny Boy I've ever heard in my life, but an instantly recognisable version of it." Mr O'Halloran was known to the community in Greenford as 'Terry' and Mr Pound described him as an"absolute character". We knew it was him because he had a Ukraine flag on his scooter and he used to raise money for charity. He was a very good, kind man.

"He was always looking to raise money," Mr Pound said,"In fact, God rest his soul, when he was brutally killed he was actually raising money for Ukraine. "We have a campaign here, in Ealing, for refugees arriving from Ukraine, but the great thing about him (was) he was an absolute character. Emotional security workers at the Tesco in Perivale said that for the past six or seven months Mr O’Halloran had “brought a smile to people’s faces” by playing the accordion for an hour and a half every lunchtime. In some ways, he almost played up to that sort of cheerful Irish stereotype." . The nicest man.