Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Hither Green burglary suspect hunted by Met Police

Hither Green burglary suspect hunted by Met Police

The family of the 37-year-old Vincent have been repeatedly trying to put up floral tributes at the site of his death, but neighbours and campaigners keep pulling them down.

Vincent died after being stabbed by 78-year-old Richard Osborn-Brooks in Hither Green on April 4 during a botched burglary, and a former associate of the criminal has issued the pensioner with a warning.

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

"I think that it's really sad that someone's died and I think it's not their fault that he's died and it's up to them to grieve for him however they want to do it". He said: 'I do not appreciate people putting them there. "They're a memory of a son and a friend", she said.

An angry local campaigner, Iain Gordon, who said he was from the Fair Society group, pulled down the flowers today laid by the family of Vincent.

"These people won't put us down".

He said Vincent's associates "won't rest until they get revenge" for killing "one of their own".

The coroner told them: "I know you are having a awful time, I am releasing the body to you".

He said: "It was a residential area they were placing flowers on".

A neighbour, Theresa Webb, described the tributes as "inappropriate" and of "poor taste".

When asked what he was going to do with the flowers, the man replied: "I'm just going to dump them somewhere. There was 101 bouquets down there".

Vincent, she said, "was like a brother to me, he loved his family and his three babies".

"If it's a normal person it's different, but he went and burgled a house - it could have been my house".

Vincent's alleged accomplice, Billy Jeeves, 28, is still being sought over the failed burglary, Scotland Yard said.

A van was found burnt out and destroyed on the evening of Saturday, April 7 in Star Lane, Orpington.

Mr Osborn-Brooks was arrested on suspicion of murder, prompting fury across the country.

Mr Osborn-Brooks was initially arrested on suspicion of murder, but was told by police he would face no further action.

Thousands of pounds has been fundraised online to support the pensioner.

One of the burglars was said to be armed with a screwdriver and forced the elderly man into the kitchen.

Detectives believe a struggle ensued between "one of the males and the homeowner" and the intruder was stabbed in the upper body.

It is unclear what implement was used to deliver the fatal blow.

He then fled the property at around 12.45am and collapsed on neighbouring Further Green Road.

In January, Mr Jeeves and Mr Vincent were named and pictured by Kent Police in connection with an investigation into a distraction burglary on a man in his 70s.

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