A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a flower seller was stabbed to death near his stall in north London, Scotland Yard has said.
Tony Eastlake, 55, who worked at the Essex Road stand in Islington, London for four decades, was stabbed nearby on Saturday afternoon.
Police and paramedics tried to help him but he died at the scene.
Police said on Tuesday a 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder.
The suspect is believed to have been known to the victim – but the murder investigation is still in its early stages.
Chief Detective Inspector Vicky Tunstall, leading the investigation, said: “Our dedicated team of officers have been working tirelessly since Saturday night to identify the suspected murderer of Tony Eastlake.
“I hope this will reassure the community after what has been an incredibly traumatic and disturbing incident that claimed the life of a beloved and respected man.
“I can confirm that this attack is not supposed to have taken place as a result of a robbery.”
Monday evening, a vigil was held in memory of the beloved flower merchant and witnessed by dozens of people who dropped blue balloons outside the stall where he had worked since he was 14.
A chorus of “There is only one Tony Eastlake” erupted, as friends, relatives and community members shared memories of him.
Officers continue to call witnesses and have urged members of the public who live or may have driven in the area to check CCTV and dashcam footage for information.
Anyone with information is asked to call the police on 101 quoting CAD reference 5562 / 29May or contact …
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This notice was published: 2021-06-01 23:42:00