Flowers And Balloons Left For Dead Burglar Have Been Torn Down By Angry Neighbours
A 'shrine' left by the friends and family of the burglar who was killed by a pensioner after breaking into his home has been torn apart by neighbours.
A number of floral tributes, cards and balloons had been left just yards away from the home of 78-year-old Richard Osborn-Brooks, who fatally stabbed Henry Vincent, 37, after he broke into his home.
According to the Sun, an angry female was seen with scissors cutting the flowers and balloons down last night, just hours after they were placed.
The pensioner and his 76-year-old wife Maureen are yet to return to their home and are reported to be staying in a police 'safe house' following fears of reprisal attacks from friends of deceased burglar.
One of Osborn-Brooks' neighbours told the paper: "If it was safe for him to return, that shrine would turn his stomach.
"These people should accept Vincent was the architect of his own death, yet they come here and rub it in Richard's face. They have no shame. Richard is the real victim here."
A second neighbour, who didn't want to be named, said it was 'disgusting'.
Another added: "They have taken over the road, but he can't move back. It doesn't seem fair."
Over 20 bunches of flowers, several balloons and a number of cards were placed near to where Vincent died yesterday. However, they were removed around 10pm last night, according to the Sun.
One card, purportedly left by Vincent's daughter read: "No matter what people say about you, we know who you are and how you was, anybody who knows you knew what you was like dad.
"Strangers can say what they like about you, they don't know who you was so I don't care, I knew you and I loved you more than anything in the world.
"I will never be ashamed to call you my daddy and you was the best one I could ask for.
"I'm a proud daughter, you would do anything for your family, especially us girls."
Osborn-Brooks was initially arrested on suspicion of murder, but was later released without charge.
The elderly couple have not returned to their south London home, despite the Met Police announcing that no further action would be taken against Osborn-Brooks following the incident.
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