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James Peppiatt of Elmore Street was charged with the murder on Wednesday, 2 June. Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of Tony Eastlake in Islington on Saturday (29 May) have arrested a man.
He was remanded in custody to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 3 June.
He is 21 years old.
Tony Eastlake killing
Police were called at 5.27 pm on Saturday (29 May) to reports an injured man on Essex Road.
Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service and provided first aid. Despite their best efforts, Tony Eastlake, aged 55, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Detectives from the Specialist Crime Command are investigating.
Other residents remember buying their Christmas trees from Tony and always seeing him chatting with someone.
One woman said: “We’ve lost a legend of Essex Road.”
Katie, 75, who had known Tony since he was a boy helping his father at the stall, which he took over when he was 16, said: “It brings home all the knife crime.
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“So far it’s been over there… you don’t know the people. But now… It’s awful. Unspeakable.”
James Peppiatt Arrested
A 21-year-old man has today been charged with the murder of popular florist Tony Eastlake, who was stabbed to death just yards from his stall in north London over the Bank Holiday weekend.
The 55-year-old, whose family described him as a ‘very special man’ and ‘loved by everybody,’ was attacked on Essex Road, Islington on Saturday at around 5.30 pm and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Scotland Yard said James Peppiatt of Canonbury has been charged with murder and has been remanded in custody to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.
Loud applause broke out at a vigil held in his honour on Monday attended by friends, family, and loved ones, as his daughter Paige Eastlake called the flower seller ‘my twin’ and ‘my best friend.’
Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Tunstall, leading the investigation for the Metropolitan Police, has asked anyone with information to come forward and check CCTV or dashcam footage.
She said: ‘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 the 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.’