Shrine To Dead Burglar Just YARDS From Home Where He Was Killed
A shrine to the burglar who was killed while breaking an entry into the house of a 78-year-old of flowers and cards has been created just 20 yards away from the home in which he died.
The burglar was stabbed with an unknown weapon (thought to be a screwdriver) while attempting a robbery of the home of 78-year-old Richard Osborn-Brooks and his wife Maureen.
Osborn-Brooks was initially arrested on suspicion of murder but was later released with no charges.
While it is widely believed that the burglar was hooked in self-defence, some believe that disproportionate force was used and therefore that Osborn-Brooks should be tried for murder.
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Supporters of the burglar have laid dozens of flowers and cards just yards from the home where the burglar was killed, describing him as “loved” and “too good to walk this earth”.
Mr Osborn-Brooks and his wife were forced by police to stay away from their home and the shrine, where police were seen removing items including clothing and a phone charger.
A group of 7 women were seen yesterday adding to the large collection of flowers, balloons and cards already left over the weekend.
Blue balloons with the message “you’ll be missed” and red heart-shaped ones saying “I love you” were left in memory of the career burglar.
One of the cards, from the daughter of the burglar, 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. [sic]
“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.”
It continued: “I’ll stand up for you dad, I won’t let you down ‘cos I know you wouldn’t let me down.”
The mourners seen as the shrine would not answer any questions from the press at the time.
UPDATE: The shrine has now been torn down by neighbours of Mr Osborn-Brooks following their announcement of support for his actions during the break-in.