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Leave the Hither Green flower tributes to Henry Vincent alone, police urge

By Alan Smith

The police have urged neighbours in Hither Green to stop removing floral tributes left in memory of Henry Vincent, who was stabbed to death last week by the householder of a home he was burgling.

Mr Vincent, 37, part of a traveller community with links to Kent, staggered away from the home where he had been stabbed by 78-year-old Richard Osborn-Brooks, but died later in hospital.

His relatives and supporters have repeatedly placed flowers and cards on a fence near the property only to see them torn down by residents in Hither Green.

Chief Superintendent Simon Dobinson (1473018)
Chief Superintendent Simon Dobinson (1473018)

Today Chief Superintendent Simon Dobinson, Lewisham Borough commander, said: “I am aware of the concerns that have been raised by residents regarding the floral tributes placed in Hither Green.

“My officers have a responsibility to provide reassurance to local residents so they can go about their daily lives, while also respecting the wishes of family and friends to mark the loss of a loved one.

“They are not there to safeguard or facilitate the laying of floral tributes; we are liaising with the local authority who are considering appropriate management of the floral tributes."

Vincent's supporters bring flowers - Picture SWNS (1472961)
Vincent's supporters bring flowers - Picture SWNS (1472961)

He went on to say: “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.

“We would urge members of the public to respect the wishes of those who choose to place flowers and other tributes in the area.

“We would also request those placing tributes or visiting the area to behave in a responsible manner so as not to disrupt the local community."

A small police presence remains in place in and around South Park Crescent. There have been no arrests.

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