Hither Green burglar death flowers 'an insult'


Henry Vincent's family have also been keeping vigil and have created a shrine near to where he died and have threatened Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, with revenge.

Ex-RAC manager and security guard Richard was woken up when Vincent and an accomplice broke in just after midnight at the beginning of the month.

A man removing a second set of floral tributes from a fence on South Park Crescent in Hither Green.

He added: "I am annoyed they put them on my fence".

Elvina Lee, who said she was Vincent's first cousin, called whoever pulled the tributes down "scum".

Another neighbour, who did not want to give her name, said she agreed.

The dispute came as a coroner returned the body of the burglar back to his family during an inquest opening on Tuesday.

The Metropolitan Police have said that they have not involved in the removal of the display. "It was inappropriate, and the guy deserves no tribute".

A man who said he had lived in the street for more than 30 years said he had installed new locks on his house since last Wednesday's raid.

"I know that Henry Vincent would have killed the pensioner first if he could have got away with it but they will act like he's the victim in all of this".

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Osborn-Brooks was initially arrested on suspicion of murder, but was later released without charge.

"It is quite stark and you can't help but feel it looks a bit confrontational. I love him. He shouldn't be arrested".

She added: "If this was a black boy there would be a riot".

Police had been called to Mr Osborn-Brooks's property at about 00:45 BST on 4 April over reports of a burglary when they found Mr Vincent collapsed in nearby Further Green Road.

An accomplice attempted to drag him towards a van but eventually left, according to a witness.

Scotland Yard officers are still hunting 28-year-old Billy Jeeves, who is wanted on suspicion of aggravated burglary in connection with the incident.

"These people should accept Vincent was the architect of his own death, yet they come here and rub it in Richard's face".

"The van was found burnt out and destroyed on the evening of Saturday, 7 April in Star Lane, near Hockingdon Lane in Orpington, Kent".

In January, Vincent was named and pictured by Kent Police investigating a distraction burglary in which jewellery and valuables were stolen from a man in his 70s.