Vigil for Islington flower seller killed in broad daylight

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<p>Islington flower seller Tony Eastlake</p> (Metropolitan Police)

Islington flower seller Tony Eastlake

(Metropolitan Police)

A candlelit vigil is to be held in honour of a London flower seller who was killed by his stall in broad daylight.

Tony Eastlake, 55, was stabbed to death on Saturday while reportedly trying to stop a mugging in Islington, north London.

His family said he had worked on the Essex Road flower stall from the age of 14 and was “loved by everybody” in the community.

Tributes have poured in for Mr Eastlake and members of the community are expected to come together near his stall and pay their respects to him at 6pm on Monday.

"Our hearts are broken forever at the loss of such a very special man,” his family said in a statement.

“A man who was loved by everybody in the Islington community, who is remembered as kind and caring and always laughing, but most importantly a father who leaves behind a devastated family, Lisa, Pauline, and his only daughter and best friend Paige, who he adored.

"Tony worked on the flower stall on Essex Road since he was 14 years old and was there through rain or shine, a smiling and friendly face to so many of us. There have already been hundreds of messages of support for him from all those who knew and loved him over the years.”

Officers and paramedics were called to reports of a man injured in Essex Road at around 5.30pm on Saturday.

Despite their best efforts to save him, Mr Eastlake was pronounced dead at the scene.

A murder investigation is underway.

Mr Eastlake’s flower stall on Essex Road (Facebook)
Mr Eastlake’s flower stall on Essex Road (Facebook)

Community member Vanessa Mcneice recalled seeing Mr Eastlake laughing and joking just hours before the tragedy.

"Tony was a special person of Islington. He was a such a gentle soul," she said.

"He took over the flower stall from his dad. I have lovely memories of them both and used to get flowers with my dad on a weekend for my mum.

"I went past and he said take my best side for [a picture]. Always a happy person and will be deeply missed in Islington.”

Witnesses told police the flower seller was involved in an altercation with another man before the attack.

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DC Inspector Vicky Tunstall, leading the investigation, said: "Tony was a well-known, loved and respected member of the community. He had worked on and owned the flower stall on Essex Road for the last 39 years and was someone of considerable standing within the local area.

"We have a dedicated team of officers working around the clock to find the person or people responsible and I would like to hear from anybody who could help out investigation.”

Police are keen to hear from people who were in Halliford Road or Ecclesbourne Road between 5.20pm and 5.25pm on Saturday including those in nearby residential blocks and houses.

Detectives said they are currently looking at “several possible motives” and are keeping an open mind as to the circumstances behind the stabbing.

A post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course. No arrests have been made at this stage.

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