Friends and family of Henry Vincent, the burglar who was killed after breaking into into the home of a pensioner and his disabled wife, have held a vigil close to the house where he died to mark his 38th birthday.
Around 20 people, of whom were women, left floral bouquets on a fence opposite the boarded-up home of Richard Osborn-Brooks. Others carried balloons saying ‘You’ll be missed’, and a placards featuring a photographs of Vincent.
They were escorted by five police officers who tried to stop them stapling the banners and balloons to the garden fences of homeowners.
Eventually the tributes were attached to the street sign itself and a lamppost.
Mr Osborn-Brooks has been advised to stay away from the property since the night he fatally stabbed career criminal Vincent with a screwdriver, amid concern for his own safety.
Neighbours have voiced their objections to the tributes, while members of the public have been seen tearing down flowers and condolence messages attached to the fence.
A family member told MailOnline: ‘He was a great dad, the children got a good education, go to church, there’s only one judge and that’s Jesus Christ.’
Vincent, who was a member of the traveller community, is expected to be buried near his family’s site in Orpington, Kent.
His family have also revealed plans to route his horse-drawn funeral procession past Mr Osborn-Brooks’ house in Hither Green, south east London.
The Metropolitan Police last week told neighbours of the 78-year-old that laying flowers near the scene was “not a crime”.
Met Deputy Commissioner Sir Craig Mackey said: “It would have been preferable if the pavement had remained clear and the local area had not become the focus of disruption which then needed police resources to manage.
Sir Craig added: “The local authority are considering how the flowers and items are managed and we are inputting to that”.
Contacted for comment by The Daily Telegraph, a spokesman for The Met said its position had not changed.
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