Police release image of Hither Green burglary suspect

Two plain clothes police officers were seen loading some of Richard Osborn-Brooks's possessions into a Ford transit van parked outside his home in Hither Green south east London

Two plain clothes police officers were seen loading some of Richard Osborn-Brooks's possessions into a Ford transit van parked outside his home in Hither Green south east London

Local resident Iain Gordon, who said he was from the Fair Society group, pulled down the flowers saying: "If you don't know why I pulled the flowers down then you aren't a human being".

He died following a fight with home-owner Richard Osborn-Brooks last Wednesday during a botched burglary.

He was stabbed after a struggle with pensioner Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, who was held by police after the incident but released without further charge on Friday.

The family of the 37-year-old Vincent have been repeatedly trying to put up floral tributes at the site of his death, but neighbours and campaigners keep pulling them down.

Of Vincent's on-the-run accomplice, she said: "Billy Jeeves?"

One neighbour said they saw a vehicle circling the block while the tribute was being erected, which they believe was an attempt to intimidate locals.

A man who said he had lived in the street for more than 30 years said he had installed new locks on his house since the raid.

"I do not want anyone to feel intimidated or that they are not being allowed to respond in a dignified way to a tragic death".

A man who wished to remain anonymous said he drove from his home in north London to remove flowers laid in tribute to Vincent, after becoming "infuriated" by the story.

"If you leave these flowers for a week to die then we will leave it. [It was] inappropriate, and the guy deserves no tribute".

Flowers being attached to the fence yesterday afternoon.

"If it's a normal person it's different, but he went and burgled a house - it could have been my house".

Neighbour Theresa Webb said Mr Osborn-Brooks and his wife "might never move back to the area again". "There were 101 bouquets down there", she added.

The unnamed source, a member of the Travelling community who once fought Vincent in a bare-knuckle brawl, urged Mr Osborn-Brooks to watch his back.

His burnt-out Vauxhall Astra van was found on Saturday in St Mary Cray, near Orpington, south-east London.

"Billy Jeeves, 28, is being sought by police following the burglary, committed at an address in South Park Crescent, Hither Green SE6 at around 00:45hrs on Wednesday, 4 April".

One suspect, armed with a screwdriver, forced the homeowner into his kitchen when he discovered them, while his accomplice went upstairs, the force said.

Detectives believe a struggle ensued between "one of the males and the home-owner" and the intruder was stabbed in the upper body.

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