Heavy police presence as funeral held for stabbed Hither Green burglar

The funeral was held today for Henry Vincent, the burglar stabbed as he invaded the home of a man in Hither Green last month.

After his death, the scene of the crime became a controversial location for his family's floral tributes - writes itv.com

An angry Iain Gordon, who said he was part of the Fair Society group, pulled down the flowers laid by the family of Henry Vincent.

An angry Iain Gordon, who said he was part of the Fair Society group, pulled down the flowers laid by the family of Henry Vincent.Credit: PA

There was a heavy police presence to ensure the public were kept away from the funeral procession.

The body of Vincent - who was fatally stabbed by a man whose home he was burgling - was carried in a silver Mercedes with a white floral arrangement spelling out "Daddy" next to the coffin.

One man was arrested on suspicion of assault near the church yard, police confirmed. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: "A male believed to be in his teens was arrested on suspicion of assault following an incident on High Street, Orpington, at the junction of Elizabeth Way at around 1.15pm.

"He has been released under investigation to report to a police station at a later date."

The body was carried in a silver Mercedes with a white floral arrangement spelling out "Daddy" next to the coffin.

The body was carried in a silver Mercedes with a white floral arrangement spelling out "Daddy" next to the coffin.Credit: ITV News

A number of people turned out in Hither Green, concerned the funeral procession would pass by the house where the botched burglary took place.

Police patrolled the area and informed them that this would not be the case.

Vincent died from a stab wound inflicted by Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, at his home in Hither Green, south east London, on April 4.

The procession did several loops of the area, with Vincent's loved ones walking behind during the final stretch.

Police warned the public and journalists to leave the area near St Mary's Church in St Mary Cray, south east London, where a service for the 37-year-old was to be held.

Spotting photographers ahead, the mourners began yelling abuse and a missile was thrown.

A member of the public passing along a road opposite the church claimed he had been hit by an egg in the moments before the procession did a loop. The man said he had been returning from a job interview and was struck on the leg by the egg.

He said he would be making a complaint to the police, saying: "I'm lucky I'm on the way back from a job interview, not to it."

He added: "I'm not having that."

Earlier, a large police presence arrived outside the church amid fears of trouble.

Flowers were tied with red ribbons to lampposts around the perimeter of the churchyard, reminiscent of tributes left by Vincent's loved ones near the scene of his final crime in Hither Green.

Concern has been brewing that the intruder's final send-off could descend into an ugly confrontation between the bereaved and supporters of Mr Osborn-Brooks.

In the wake of the killing, a bitter row developed over a shrine set up in Vincent's memory opposite the house, which was repeatedly desecrated. Despite police reassurance that the funeral procession would not enter into Lewisham, one resident used his car to block the entrance to South Park Crescent in Hither Green on Thursday morning, near where Vincent was stabbed last month.

Another man, who would not say if he was local to the area, arrived with a portrait he had drawn of Vincent, and claimed police had told him he was on a 'hit list' after removing flowers from the scene in the aftermath of the killing.

Holding the drawing aloft, Iain Gordon said: "This is a man that could've been a professional boxer. He could've had a good living from being a professional boxer. But he was taken on the road to crime."

Mr Gordon said the outrage which followed the circumstances around Vincent's death had shown a defiance in the community.

He said: "It's good that there's enough humanity within the general population that they're willing to stand up and say 'we've had enough of this crime'. We're not going to tolerate it. People climbing into other people's houses."

Police circled the area throughout the morning, and a van with a number of officers inside remained parked up in the residential area into the afternoon. Mr Osborn-Brooks was initially arrested on suspicion of murder but was later released without charge.

The pensioner's arrest provoked a public outcry, and an online fundraising campaign in support of the pensioner subsequently raised thousands of pounds.

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