Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Video shows Hither Green floral tributes to dead burglar being torn down

Video shows Hither Green floral tributes to dead burglar being torn down

"I'll stand up for you dad, I won't let you down 'cos I know you wouldn't let me down".

"Nobody died in that house, that's why we put them here".

A former acquaintance of Vincent said the late crook has pals who "won't rest until they get their revenge" for killing "one of their own".

The Met Police said they want to trace Mr Jeeves, who they said had links to Kent and Cambridge.

Mr Osborn-Brooks, who was arrested after Vincent's death but later released without charge, has been hailed a hero by some for taking on the burglar and his accomplice, who police are still trying to trace.

Mr Vincent's cousin Phoebe Smith, 34, said whoever had torn down the flowers "should be ashamed of themselves".

She said: "This is the best place for these flowers to be".

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

Footage from Monday night showed a man stamping on the tributes in a separate attack, claiming: "The flowers need burning".

Flowers being attached to the fence yesterday afternoon.

He said: "I don't appreciate it".

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Resident Theresa Webb, 43, said of the shrine: "It was inappropriate, poor taste really".

"If it is a normal person it is different - it could have been my house [that was burgled]".

The unnamed source, a member of the Travelling community who once fought Vincent in a bare-knuckle brawl, urged Mr Osborn-Brooks to watch his back. "There were 101 bouquets down there", she added.

Billy Jeeves, 28, allegedly joined intruder Henry Vincent, 37, in breaking into the property in Hither Green, London on April 4.

The van was found burned out on the evening of Saturday 7 April in Star Lane, near Hockingdon Lane in Orpington.

The pensioner's arrest provoked an outcry from neighbours and an online fundraising campaign has gathered thousands of pounds.

While one went upstairs to search for valuables, Vincent, who was armed with a screwdriver forced Mr Osborn-Brooks into the kitchen.

Detectives believe there was a struggle 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 inflict the fatal blow.

Both men then apparently attempted to get away, but Vincent collapsed nearby on 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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