Who is James Peppiatt?
James Peppiatt is a young man who has reportedly been arrested in connection 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 has been remanded in custody to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court today.
Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of Tony Eastlake have charged a man with murder today (Wednesday). James Peppiatt, 21, has been remanded in custody to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court tomorrow. https://t.co/lc85iZuu41 pic.twitter.com/2WYXI33T19
— Islington Tribune (@IslingtonTrib) June 2, 2021
How old is James Peppiatt?
James Peppiatt, of Canonbury, is 21 years old as of the year 2021.
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Loud applause broke out at a vigil held in his honor 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 has asked anyone with information to come forward and check 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 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.”
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A crowd of family, friends, customers, passers-by and neighbors had gathered for the vigil at the flower stall near Essex Road station, where he had worked since he was 14. The applause was led by friend Jody Graber, who told wellwishers: ‘This has been a massive trauma for our community.”
‘This is for Tony Eastlake – the loveliest man who could sell you a bunch of flowers.’
He said Mr. Eastlake was known by everyone in the community, including those who just passed by on the bus, and he was a good friend.
To gentle laughter, Mr. Graber recalled that Mr. Eastlake once refused to sell a bunch of flowers to a customer on Valentine’s Day because he thought the occasion was a ‘con’. Mr. Graber led a chorus of ‘there’s only one Tony Eastlake’ before the crowd released blue balloons into the warm evening sky.
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Tony Burke, who lives nearby, said: ‘He was such a lovely man. He was not just the flower man of Islington, he was a friend. I will miss him terribly.
‘He would not let me pay for the flowers for my father’s funeral. I had to force him to take the money. He worked at that stall for 40 years.”
In a statement, his family said: ‘Our hearts are broken forever at the loss of such a very special man.
‘A man who was loved by everybody in the Islington community, who is remembered as kind and caring and always laughing, but most importantly a father who leaves behind a devastated family, Lisa, Pauline, and his only daughter and best friend Paige, who he adored.
‘Tony worked on the flower stall on Essex Road since he was 14 years old and was there through rain or shine, a smiling and friendly face to so many of us.
‘There have already been hundreds of messages of support for him from all those who knew and loved him over the years.
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‘If you have any information at all we beg you to please come forward so we can get justice for Tony and his family.’
Many locals paid tribute to Mr Eastlake on the Islington Community Group on Facebook. Francis O’Brien said: ‘Tony had a kind heart, served our community for a number of years and always put a smile on the faces of people across Islington. He was not just a local businessman, but a friend to many.’
‘Tony would always make me smile every morning on my way to work.’
Elsa Smurthwate posted: ‘How very very tragic. RIP fella, a true islingtonian and a man who also had time to smile and say hello. Him and his stall have literally been one of the few things that stood the test of time x. I hope the council would consider his stall to be left as a shrine in his memory.’
Garry Clowes said: ‘God rest Tony, always enjoyed pulling up for a chat and a cuppa. London’s slowly being crushed.’