Flower stall owner stabbed to death on street ‘while trying to stop a mugging’

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A flower stall owner was reportedly stabbed to death in broad daylight as he tried to stop a mugging in north London.

Police were called at 5:27pm on Saturday to reports of an injured man on Essex Road in Islington, the Met Police has confirmed.

Officers found a man suffering from a stab wound and immediately provided first aid, the Mirror reports.

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 5.58pm.

Social media reports indicated the victim may have been a local man who runs a florist in the area.

Next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem examination will be held in due course. Formal identification awaits.

Detectives from the Specialist Crime Command have been informed.

A crime scene remains in place in the area, where crowds have gathered in the wake of the tragic incident.

A police van and a cordon can be seen in photos from the scene, while an ambulance helicopter was also spotted landing in the area.

At this early stage of the investigation, there have been no arrests.

There has been an outpouring of concern from devastated Londoners since news broke of the stabbing.

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Islington Council tweeted: "Awful incident in Essex Road earlier today, in which a man lost his life. Please contact the police if you have any information that could help."

Former Scotland Yard Det Chief Supt Gerry Campbell said: "This is the 4th murder in #London is as many days #KnifeCrimeCrisis continue to grip the capital."

Anyone with information is asked to call police via 101 quoting reference Cad 5562/29May. To remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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