Hundreds of thousands of people have watched a video clip of a furious resident in Hither Green STAMPING on a floral tribute that was left to the burglar who was stabbed to death while trying to rob the house of Richard Osborn-Brooks.
There is currently an ongoing stand off between members of the burglar’s traveller family and concerned residents in the area – with police overseeing a vicious cycle of tributes being laid and locals taking them down.
Police (some on horseback) have confirmed that they are only there to ‘keep the peace’ as no criminal offences are actually being committed.
According to ITV News:
A row over the memorial to burglar Henry Vincent has continued to deepen as tributes were torn down for a second time.
Relatives of the 37-year-old restored a desecrated shrine near the scene of his final raid, only for it to be wrecked within minutes.
A fence opposite the home of Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, has become an unlikely flashpoint of tensions between the grieving family and his neighbours since last week’s incident.
Balloons, cards and flowers were removed by supporters of the pensioner, with whom Vincent was involved in a struggle when he broke into the south-east London address on April 4.
On Tuesday afternoon, his loved ones returned to reattach the mementos opposite the property on South Park Crescent, Hither Green.
Elvina Lee, who said she was Vincent’s first cousin, called whoever pulled the tributes down “scum” and labelled Mr Osborn-Brooks a “lowlife”.
This is the best place for these flowers to be. I don’t know what’s wrong with these people (who dismantled them)… I think they’re scum.
– Elvina Lee, Vincent’s first cousin
But the whole memorial was down again within 20 minutes, removed by a man who said he was “taking these **** flowers down” calling it an “insult” to Mr Osborn-Brooks.
The man, who wore a beanie hat and did not give his name, added: “These need burning.”
The dispute came as a coroner returned the body of the burglar back to his family during an inquest opening on Tuesday.
Since writing this blog, there have been a number of further angry confrontations, with flowers being torn down and put back on multiple occasions.
A lot of people seem to be missing the point here. He was a violent criminal with a number of offences behind him. How on Earth can this be something that is worth ‘tributes.’
These flowers are nothing more than intimidation and an act of provocation to both Mr Osborn-Brooks, his family and other local residents.
If the police had any sense they would put a stop to it altogether, because surely it is only a matter of time before these ‘angry scenes’ escalate into something more serious.
Sometimes it isn’t about ‘no criminal offences being committed’ – it is about being able to recognise when a highly-charged but lawful situation has the potential to suddenly explode.
If tributes were left all over London to violent attackers who lose their lives in the course of carrying out their attacks, there wouldn’t be much room for anything else!