First photo of 'accomplice' in raid where burglar was stabbed to death


Tributes to an intruder who died at the hands of a pensioner during a botched burglary in Hither Green have been torn down.

Vincent's traveller community family have taken over the street in Hither Green, south east London, and are furious that their shrine has been taken down by outraged neighbours.

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

Video footage was posted on Facebook late on Monday night by a man who gave his name as Cecil Coley, who wrote that he was "extremely furious"...

Saverimuthu Augustine, 78, said he was "annoyed" that some flowers had been attached to fences around his house.

The dispute came as a coroner returned the body of the burglar back to his family during an inquest opening on Tuesday. He said: 'I do not appreciate people putting them there.

Then on 5 April he is alleged to have entered a house on Bodden Town Road, near Gun Square, where he tried to take a mobile phone before he was confronted by a person who was on the premises at the time and fled on foot.

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

Assistant coroner Sarah Ormond-Walshe told two of Vincent's female relatives during a hearing at Southwark Coroner's Court: "I know you are having a awful time - I am releasing the body now".

"I think that it's really sad that someone's died and I think it's not their fault that he's died and it's up to them to grieve for him however they want to do it".

A neighbour, Theresa Webb, described the tributes as "inappropriate" and of "poor taste".

Police stood by on Tuesday as a row broke out over a tribute to a dead burglar outside a pensioner's house.

He added: "It was a residential area they were placing flowers on".

A man has been charged with second-degree murder after the January stabbing of a 28-year-old man, police said Tuesday.

Officers also want to hear from anybody who may have seen his vehicle, a white Vauxhall Astra van with registration GU52 AXT, in the days and hours before and after the burglary.