Tony Eastlake: Police arrest man, 21, on suspicion of murder

'This attack is not believed to have occurred as a result of a robbery' the police said

Tuesday, 1st June 2021 — By Calum Fraser


Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of Tony Eastlake have arrested someone on suspicion of murder.

A 21-year-old man was arrested today, Tuesday, June 1, as the inspector leading the investigation said the fatal attack “is not believed to have occurred as a result of a robbery”.

This comes after a vigil was held on Monday night with scores of Tony’s friends paying tribute to the 55-year-old who has sold flowers from a stall in Essex Road since he was 14.

The father-of-one was fatally stabbed on Saturday night

The police said that at this early stage, it is believed the suspect is known to the victim.

Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Tunstall added: “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.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference CAD 5562/29May.

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