War of the posies: Burglar's relatives vow to replace shredded flowers

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Supporters of a pensioner who stabbed to death a burglar have been tearing down a shrine to the intruder opposite the house where he was killed.

Police believe he forced the elderly homeowner into his kitchen armed with a screwdriver, where a struggle ensued and the Vincent suffered a stab wound.

Several female relatives of Vincent were in court on Tuesday afternoon.

The second man to step in, who stamped on the bouquets after cutting them loose with scissors, said: 'The flowers need burning. "They're a memory of a son and a friend", she said.

An accomplice attempted to drag him towards a van but eventually left, according to a witness.

"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".

The 78-year-old was arrested on suspicion of murder, but has since been released by the Metropolitan Police and has been told that he will not face any charges.

He was hailed as a "hero" for defending his home, but is now living in hiding with his wife Maureen.

EAMONN Holmes has urged cops to bulldoze the shrine set up for the dead burglar in Hither Green.

On Wednesday the Evening Standard said the man responsible for the latest shrine removal denied destroying the first set of flowers on Monday, but said he felt angry that the tribute had been erected near Osborn-Brooks' home.

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A Renault Scenic vehicle carrying the group mounted the kerb, causing one of the front tyres to burst.

"Will he ever be able to come back and live here?" he asked of his neighbor.

"This is the best place for these flowers to be".

He said: "I am annoyed they put them on my fence". "The way they are treating [Osborn-Brooks] is disgusting, he was only protecting his house".

A resident who only gave his name as Peter said he didn't want the tributes on the fence.

He said people close to Vincent were acting like the 37-year-old was the "victim" despite the fact he would have "killed the pensioner first if he could".

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

The Met Police said: "Billy Jeeves, 28, is being sought by police following the burglary, committed at an address in South Park Crescent, Hither Green SE6".

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

Vincent, a dad-of-four from Swanley, Kent, was jobless and single at the time of his death, the inquest in Southwark heard.