Man, 20, arrested on suspicion of murder after flower seller Tony Eastlake, 55, knifed to death

A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of murder today after a flower seller was knifed to death.

Tony Eastlake, 55, was stabbed in broad daylight in Islington, North London, on Saturday night.

A 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of his murder today.

Police added that they believe the suspect is known to the victim, and that robbery has been ruled out as a motive.

Cops were called to Essex Road at around 5.30pm on Saturday after reports of a seriously injured man.

Despite the efforts of responders, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cops said Tony's family are being supported by specially trained officers.

Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Tunstall, leading the investigation, said: "Our dedicated team of officers have worked tirelessly since Saturday evening to identify the person suspected of the murder of Tony Eastlake.

"I hope this brings some reassurance to the community after what was an incredibly traumatic and unsettling incident that has cost the life of a well loved and respected man.

"I can confirm that this attack is not believed to have occurred as a result of a robbery. We continue to appeal to anyone who might have seen anything to please come forward to police.

"If you live within this area or were driving through, please check your CCTV and dashcam footage for anything which might help the investigation. No piece of information is insignificant."

Cops have appealed for anyone with more information to come forward.

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