Police launch murder probe after ‘flower seller’ in his 50s is stabbed to death in north London ‘while trying to stop a mugging’
- Sources say the man, in his 50s, worked as a flower seller in Islington, London
- He was ‘trying to stop a mugging’ shortly before his death, according to reports
- Emergency services offered first aid but he was pronounced dead at the scene
- Police are still hunting the knifeman after the incident on Essex Road in Islington
Police have launched a murder probe after a man was stabbed to death in north London.
The victim, aged in his 50s, was found on Essex Road in Islington with stab wounds around 5.30pm today.
Police have launched a manhunt for the knifeman and no arrests have been made ‘at this early stage’, detectives say.
Police have launched a manhunt for the knifeman and no arrests have yet been made
Emergency services were called to the scene and tended to the man as he lay injured on the street.
But even after police officers and paramedics gave first aid, he was pronounced dead at 5.38pm sparking a Metropolitan Police murder probe.
An air ambulance was also pictured landing near the scene this afternoon.
Islington residents claim ‘the man ran a flower stall and tried to stop a mugging’, according to reports.
The victim’s family has been informed, detectives say.
An air ambulance was pictured landing near the scene before the man was pronounced dead
Islington residents claim ‘the man ran a flower stall and tried to stop a mugging’, according to reports
In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: ‘Police were called at 17:27hrs on Saturday, 29 May to reports of an injured man on Essex Road, N1.
‘Officers attended and found a man suffering from a stab wound and immediately provided first aid.
‘Despite their efforts, and that of the London Ambulance Service, the man, believed to be aged in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene at 17:58hrs. At this early stage, there have been no arrests.’
A post-mortem examination will be held in due course, the statement added, and formal identification awaits.
A crime scene remains in place with police cordons erected in the area.
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