Harold Wood: Elizabeth line station 'murder' victim named as 87-year-old pensioner

Detectives have named the man who was killed at an Elizabeth line station early on Tuesday as 87-year-old Bernard Fowler.

A murder investigation was launched after a member of staff reported Mr Fowler had been attacked on the platform of Harold Wood station just after 4.30am.

Officers found the pensioner, from Havering, with “extensive injuries” on the ground. Despite the best efforts of paramedics, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Senior investigating officer DCI Sam Painter, of the British Transport Police, said: “My thoughts are with Bernard's family and loved ones at this time. His family are currently being supported by specially trained officers.

“I know how shocking and concerning this incident has been to the community and I would like to reassure the public that this was an isolated incident.

“I would ask the public not to speculate any further on the incident

“We are carrying out high visibility patrols in the area and are working alongside our colleagues at the Metropolitan Police to provide visible reassurance.”

Miles Skai, 22, from Brent Cross in Hendon was earlier charged with Mr Fowler’s murder and will next appear at the Old Bailey on Friday.

The station was closed as emergency services responded to the incident.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to text BTP on 61016 or call 0800 40 50 40, quoting reference 53 of 27/02/24.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.