The pensioner who was killed at Harold Wood station has been pictured for the first time as his family paid tribute to a “quiet and gentle” man. 

Bernard Fowler, 87, from Havering, was on his way to buy his local paper when he was killed on Tuesday morning (February 27).

His family said in a tribute: “Bernie was a dearly loved brother, father and grandfather who had been living in the area for over 20 years. 

“He was a quiet, gentle man who lived alone but who, over the years, had helped many of the residents in his local community.  

“The family are devastated by the news of his death. He didn't deserve to be attacked in such a brutal way just going out to get his local paper. 

“We ask that people respect our privacy at this time." 

Times Series: Bernard FowlerBernard Fowler (Image: BTP)

Miles Skai, 22, of Brent Cross, Hendon, has been charged with Bernard’s murder. 

Skai will appear at the Old Bailey this afternoon (Friday, March 1).  

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Sam Painter said: “My thoughts remain with Mr Fowler’s family and loved ones at this difficult time. 

“We will continue to carry out high visibility patrols in the area alongside our colleagues at the Metropolitan Police to provide visible reassurance to the community after this shocking incident.”