London Police Urge Public To “Respect” Shrine For Dead Burglar
Police in London have urged the public to respect the tributes of flowers and cards to Henry Vincent, the burglar who was killed while breaking into the home of an elderly couple.
The shrine was first put up within days of the burglary and has been taken down and replaced a number of times in a series of heated exchanges.
Vincent, 37, was killed after threatening Richard Osborn-Brooks with a screwdriver, when a fight broke out and Vincent was fatally stabbed.
Chief Superintendent Simon Dobinson with London Met Police said that he is aware of the concerns about the tributes but that he wanted to “respect the wishes” of the family of the burglar.
“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.
He urged the public to “respect the wishes of those who choose to place flowers and other tributes in the area”.
He continued: “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 to provide reassurance to the public.”