Tributes to Hither Green 'burglar' Henry Vincent torn down

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Tributes to an intruder who died in a botched burglary after a struggle with a pensioner have been torn down and branded "in poor taste". "He wasn't a murderer, he wasn't a rapist, they're putting (sic) him as a monster".

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

She said Mr Vincent's family, understood to be from the travelling community, should be "allowed to lay flowers for Henry".

A second set of tributes - installed on Tuesday afternoon - was also quickly ripped down, with a man who visited the scene to remove them saying the flowers were an "insult".

Relatives of Henry Vincent tied flowers to a fence opposite the home of Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, who confronted Vincent during a break-in at his home last week, for a third time this week.

Dozens of flowers had been attached to a fence just 20 yards away from Mr Osborn-Brooks' home in Hither Green, London, paying tribute to Henry Vincent, 37.

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Witnesses say they were taken down by a man with a hat pulled low over his eyes around 9.30pm last night.

One tribute, thought to have been left by the dad-of-four's young daughter, said: 'Strangers can say what they like about you they don't no who you was so I don't care.

Another long term resident said: "They have taken over the road with this but he can't move back? [It was] inappropriate, and the guy deserves no tribute".

Saverimuthu Augustine, 78, said some of the tributes had been attached to his property.

Neighbour Theresa Webb said Mr Osborn-Brooks and his wife "might never move back to the area again".

"If it is a normal person it is different - it could have been my house [that was burgled]". "There was 101 bouquets down there".

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Several police vehicles were parked outside Mr Osborn-Brooks' house throughout the day, though the pensioner was not there.

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

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

One suspect, armed with a screwdriver, forced the homeowner into his kitchen when he discovered them, while his accomplice went upstairs, the police previously said.

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

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

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Both Vincent and Jeeves were already being sought for questioning by Kent Police following a series of burglaries in Farningham in January.

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