Metropolitan police are appealing for information after an elderly man riding a mobility scooter was stabbed to death in west London in a horrific attack that has shocked local residents.
Metropolitan Police responded to a report of a man with stab injuries on Cayton Road in Greenford, Ealing, just after 4pm yesterday. Paramedics attended the incident but despite their best efforts, the man was tragically pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities said that the victim was in his 80s and a crime scene remains at the location.
Currently, no arrests have been made.
The Met has appealed for anyone who may have cycle-helmet, or dash-cam footage to contact them if they were using the Western Avenue A40 Eastbound in the proximity of Cayton Road and Welland Gardens between 3.15pm and 4pm, on Tuesday.
The location of the attack is just yards away from a busy bus stop on the A40 and a railway bridge.
25-year-old Simran Advani, who lives close by to where the stabbing took place, said she often saw an elderly man riding his mobility scooter. She said: "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."
London mayor Sadiq Khan said: "I'm devastated that an elderly man was killed in a horrific attack this evening. "My thoughts are with the victim's loved ones."
Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson, said: "This is an awful incident that will understandably cause considerable alarm to people locally and across London. Our thoughts are with the elderly victim.
"We are supporting our colleagues in Specialist Crime as they work to understand what has happened and identify who is responsible for this horrific crime. The support of the public is crucial. Police and the community must work together to identify violent offenders and remove them from our streets.
"My officers will remain at the scene. They are there to help and protect you - if you have information that you want to share please approach them and tell them what you know."