Shrine For Dead Burglar Near House Where He Was Killed By Homeowner

A shrine to a dead burglar has been set up yards away from the home where he was stabbed.

This comes as pensioner, Richard Osborn-Brooks, is forced to stay away under police protection, reports the Mirror.

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

Credit: Daily Mirror
Credit: Daily Mirror

The career criminal died after being stabbed while breaking into the home last week where the 78-year-old owner lived with his wife Maureen.

Mr Osborn-Brooks was arrested on suspicion of murder but has since been released and faces no charges.

According to the Mirror Online, Mr Osborn-Brooks and his wife have been forced to stay away under police protection.

Today officers were seen removing clothes and belongings including Roses chocolates and a phone charger.

A group of seven women arrived at the scene to add to the cards, balloons and flowers already left over the weekend.

Blue balloons saying 'you'll be missed' and red heart shaped balloons saying 'I love you' were attached to a fence.

A card from one of Vincent's daughters told her dad not to worry about what people were saying about him.

It read: "They don't know what they're on about, they only know what they read, but I will try my hardest to get people to understand who you really was."

It went on: "Sorry dad that I wasn't with you and tell you that everything was going to be alright, you must have been frightened by yourself.

"I'll stand up for you dad, I won't let you down 'cos I know you wouldn't let me down."

Part of another card read: "I'm gonna miss you Henry Boy more than anything in this world

"There won't be one minute of the day or night that I won't be thinking of you.

"Your forever and always in my heart and my mind.

"I love you Henry Boy all the world. Love your Daddy xxx"

Vincent, 37, died in hospital after he was stabbed in the struggle with Mr Osborn-Brooks.

Credit: Kent Police
Credit: Kent Police

The pensioner had found two men in his 1920s three-bed terraced house in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

While one went upstairs to search for valuables, Vincent, who was armed with a screwdriver forced Mr Osborn-Brooks into the kitchen.

A struggle broke out between the two in which Vincent was stabbed in the upper body.

He and his accomplice fled the house but Vincent collapsed in nearby Further Green Road.

Clothes and books belonging to the elderly couple were removed from the property today.

Credit: Facebook
Credit: Facebook

Neighbours reacted to the shrine near the boarded up home with fury.

One woman who did not want to be named told the Daily Mirror: "That should not be there, it is someone's fence.

"It's all a bit over the top. It's out of order.

"The man should not have burgled the property in the first place."

Another long term resident said: "They have taken over the road with this but he can't move back? Doesn't seem fair."

Theresa Webb, 43, a consultant nutritional therapist who lives on the road said the community are 'mourning the loss of a life' but their first thoughts are with Richard and his wife.

She said: "It's a great shame Richard and his wife might never move back to the area again.

"Our first thoughts are with Richard and his wife and to make sure they are being cared for and looked after."

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Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd is a Journalist at LADbible. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class BA in Journalism. Becky previously worked as Chief Reporter at Cavendish Press, supplying news and feature stories to national newspapers and women's magazines.

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