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© BPM Media/BPM Media The man fatally injured in the attack has been named as Ali Abucar Ali, 20 – BPM Media/BPM Media
A young man was stabbed to death after going to help an 82-year-old woman as she was attacked by a knifeman in the street.
Police and paramedics were called to a residential road in Brentford, west London, on Friday evening after a man appeared to go on a rampage.
Ali Abucar Ali, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene, while the woman, named locally as Betty Walsh, was taken to hospital suffering stab wounds. Her condition was described last night as serious but not life-threatening.
A 30-year-old man was subsequently arrested on Saturday morning on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.
Eyewitnesses and local residents praised the young man, named locally as Ali, for being a “Good Samaritan” after he was seen trying to help the pensioner after she was punched to the ground.
It was understood she had gone to a takeaway before the attack. © Provided by The Telegraph Forensic officers at the scene – PA
Local residents expressed concerns that the alleged attacker was well known for often erratic behaviour.
Dave Cox, 69, said: “The young man was just walking along the road and saw the incident with Betty so he went over and said, ‘Why did you do that?’
“The young boy was just being a Good Samaritan and he’s now dead.”
Mrs Walsh was said to have been a local barmaid whose family is well known in the area. She is believed to have seven children, 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
© Provided by The Telegraph Betty Walsh, 82, was injured in the attack – SWNS/SWNS
Gerhard Peleschka , the manager of The Griffin, said Ms Walsh was a former employee at the pub and is a “Brentford legend”.
“This is tragic. Everyone knows her in Brentford. She is always so happy and is as fit as a fiddle,” he said.
“It just blows your mind what happened to her.”
He added the incident was unusual in a close-knit community where “everyone knows everyone”, and described it as “an absolutely safe area”.
Police said there is no evidence linking the stabbings to terrorism and no one else is being sought over the incident.
Additional reporting by Maria Collinge