Man charged with murder of flower seller

A 21-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a flower seller who was fatally stabbed close to his stall in north London, the Metropolitan Police said.

Tony Eastlake, 55, known as the “flower man of Islington” by customers and his local community, died from a knife wound after being attacked on Essex Road in Islington just before 5.30pm on Saturday.

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Tony Eastlake (Metropolitan Police/PA)

James Peppiatt, of Elmore Street, north London, was charged with murder on Wednesday, Scotland Yard said.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court, north London, on Thursday.

Officers had been called to reports of an injured man and went to the scene with the London Ambulance Service.