EXCLUSIVE Police investigate murder of ‘flower man of Islington’ raid on his ex-girlfriend’s home where she died two months ago in ‘unsuspicious circumstances’ as police quiz 20-year-old man
- Tony Eastlake stabbed to death near his flower stand on Essex Road, Islington
- Man, 20, has been arrested and held on suspicion of murder
- Detectives are now investigating a possible connection to Tony’s ex-girlfriend
Police investigating the murder of flower seller Tony Eastlake have raided the home of his ex-girlfriend, who was found dead at the address two months ago.
Tony was stabbed to death in the street near his flower stall on Essex Road, Islington on Saturday afternoon.
A 20-year-old man is arrested and held on suspicion of murdering Tony.
Now Mail Online can reveal that detectives are investigating a possible connection to his ex-girlfriend.
Tony Eastlake (pictured) was stabbed to death on Saturday afternoon in the street close to his flower stall on Essex Road, Islington.
Mr Eastlake’s former lover Alicia Callaghan was found dead on April 1 at a nearby Islington address.
It is still unclear how she died, but it is clear that there were no suspicious circumstances. Ms Callaghan was found at the property at 1:08 am and an inquest has been opened and adjourned – with a full hearing later this summer.
Detectives broke into the house around tea time on Sunday. And officers were still at the address today, a few hundred yards from where the murder took place.
Ms Callaghan had a 20-year-old son from a previous relationship.
A Met spokesperson declined to comment on the raid.
Ashfelter Gaetano Buglioni, 64, who knew Mr Eastlake, said: “He broke up with her and he was very upset when she died. He was really devastated.’
Stephen Kavenga, who has worked for Mr Eastlake for over 30 years, said: ‘He broke up with her and we knew she had passed away a few months ago. He was sad about it, but he just kept going because the people here were his family.
“He was loved by everyone who knew him. You couldn’t find a nicer, kinder person.
“He was having dinner with a friend on Saturday night when he was murdered.”
Police investigating Mr Eastlak’s murder have raided the home of his ex-girlfriend, who was found dead at the address two months ago.
Detectives broke into the house during tea time on Sunday and officers were still at the address today
Ms Callaghan suffered from depression according to friends and neighbors who said she and Mr Eastlake had had a relationship that had become strained shortly before her death.
Mr Eastlake was attacked and stabbed near his flower stall in Islington, north London, around 5.30pm on Saturday.
The Metropolitan Police launched a manhunt for the killer and raided Mrs Callaghan’s former home the following evening – close to where Mr Eastlake died.
A neighbor who lives opposite the house says: ‘The police entered the house around 6:30 pm on Sunday with a battering ram. There were at least two police vans.
“They went in and searched the property, but came out empty-handed as far as I could see. They were there for about two hours.’
Another neighbor said, “I knew Alicia and loved her like my own daughter, but she had her problems, bless her.
“She had been in a relationship with Tony, but for whatever reason it was a pretty tense relationship.
“She died in her house about two months ago. She left behind a son who was understandably devastated.”
The Metropolitan Police declined to disclose the exact nature of the relationship between the arrested man and Mr Eastlake, but have confirmed that they were known to each other.
Chief Inspector Vicky Tunstall, Superintendent of the Investigation, said: “Our dedicated team of officers have worked tirelessly since Saturday night to identify the person suspected of the murder of Tony Eastlake.
“I hope this brings some reassurance to the community after an incredibly traumatic and upsetting incident that cost the life of a beloved and respected man.
“I can confirm that this attack is not the result of a robbery. We continue to call on anyone who has seen anything to report it to the police. If you live in or drove through this area, please check your CCTV and dashcam footage for anything that may help with the investigation. No piece of information is unimportant.’