Flowers left for burglar ‘an insult’

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Media caption A guy was seen stamping on plants and balloons left in homage of Henry Vincent

Plants left near the site where a thief was stabbed to death happen to be branded an “insult”.

Floral tributes and balloons just for Henry Vincent, 37, have been frequently attached and then removed from a fencing opposite a home in Hither Eco-friendly, south-east London, where he was murdered.

Richard Osborn-Brooks, 79, was initially held on suspicion associated with murder, but released with no additional action.

Mr Vincent’s family said the fence had been “the best place” for a homage.

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Image caption One resident fears the actions in order to tear down the tributes could “cause a rumpus”

The bouquets have been frequently taken down by a man who known as it an “insult” to Mister Osborn-Brooks.

A man indentifying himself as Cecil Coley stated he first removed the bouquets overnight on Monday after getting “infuriated” by the tributes.

He said: “It was a home area they were placing flowers upon. It was inappropriate, and the guy warrants no tribute. ”

Cecil Coley is also the name of the 72-year-old florist who was arrested on mistrust of murder right after he stabbed an armed burglar to death in 2011. He had been later released without charge.

Image caption Friends and family of Henry Vincent came back to tie floral tributes towards the fence on Tuesday

Elvina Lee, who also said she was Mr Vincent’s first cousin, said: “I can’t say for sure what’s wrong with these people [who took them down].

“He was not a murderer, he wasn’t the rapist, they’re putting him being a monster. ”

The lady was one of three women which arrived and re-fastened 20 arrangements and balloons to the fence upon Tuesday afternoon.

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Media caption Floral tributes to Henry Vincent were removed by a man identifying himself since Cecil Coley

Saverimuthu Augustine, 78, said a few of the tributes had been attached to his real estate.

He said: “I am annoyed they put them upon my fence. I do not be thankful.

“If this is a normal person it is different : it could have been my house [that was burgled]. ”

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Image caption Henry Vincent was under investigation over a individual burglary involving an elderly sufferer

Mister Vincent’s cousin Phoebe Smith, thirty four, said whoever had torn over the flowers “should be ashamed of themselves”.

“It’s horrible – they don’t understand that it’s a persons child. They’re a memory of the son and a friend, ” the girl said.

A coroner returned Mr Vincent’s body in order to his family during an inquest opening at Southwark Coroner’s Courtroom on Tuesday.

Associate coroner Sarah Ormond-Walshe told 2 of his female relatives: “I know you are having a dreadful period. ”

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Image caption Floral tributes to Holly Vincent have been repeatedly removed from the fence

A 33-year-old neighbour, who failed to want to be named, told the BBC he felt “intimidated”.

“I think that it’s really sad that will someone’s died and I think it’s not their particular fault that he’s died and it is up to them to grieve for your pet however they want to do it.

“It is quite stark and you aint able to help but feel it appears a bit confrontational.

“It’s a massive, massive display right ahead of the house. If the family want to place flowers that’s fine but it seems weird.

“It feels a bit aggressive to be honest. inch

At the scene: Hamish Mackay, BBC news online

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Image caption The tributes are on a fence opposite Rich Osborn-Brooks’s home which has been partially boarded up

Many residents in Hither Eco-friendly have interpreted the large tribute in order to Mr Vincent as an aggressive function.

One neighbour stated they saw a car circling the particular block while the tribute was being built, which they believe was an attempt in order to intimidate locals.

If intimidation was the aim, it seems to have worked. Most neighbours are usually reluctant to talk publicly for anxiety about being drawn into a dispute that could not be over.

While those living on Southern Park Crescent have all been fast to offer condolences to Mr Vincent, they argue his is not the only real life that has been ruined.

Mr Osborn-Brooks and his household have not returned to their house because the burglary and their windows have been boarded up for fear of reprisals.

Another neighbour, Theresa Webb, referred to the tributes as “inappropriate” along with “poor taste”.

Talking about Mr Osborn-Brooks, she added: “One minute he is in his house as well as the next his life is turned inverted.

“Everyone about here sends their best wishes in order to him. ”

Image caption Rich Osborn-Brooks was held on suspicion associated with murder, but released with no additional action

Police had been called to Mister Osborn-Brooks’s property at about 00: forty five BST on 4 April more than reports of a burglary when they discovered Mr Vincent collapsed in close by Further Green Road.

A witness said an accomplice dragged Mr Vincent toward the van before leaving him designed for dead.

On Mon, the Met Police said 28-year-old Billy Jeeves was wanted regarding the the burglary.

Image caption Psychological messages from Henry Vincent’s kids were part of the tributes

Mr Jeeves’s white-colored Vauxhall Astra van was discovered burnt out and destroyed within Star Lane in Orpington, Kent, on Saturday evening.

Detectives want to hear from anyone who may have seen the van : with the registration GU52 AXT : in the days and hours after and before the burglary.

Within January, Mr Jeeves and Mister Vincent were named and pictured by Kent Police in connection with a study into a distraction burglary on a guy in his 70s.

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