Hither Green: Intimidation plea in Henry Vincent death dispute

People laying flowers in tribute to a suspected burglar who was fatally stabbed should not feel intimidated, a senior Met Police officer says.

Sir Craig Mackey, Met deputy commissioner, has also urged those placing tributes to Henry Vincent to be "respectful" to local people.

The tributes have been repeatedly attacked and removed from a fence opposite the home where he was stabbed.

Residents have described them as being "in poor taste".

The row has put a strain on police resources, according to Sir Craig.

The 37-year-old, along with Bill Jeeves is suspected of burgling Richard Osborn-Brooks' home on South Park Crescent - which remains cordoned off by police - on 4 April.

Since Mr Vincent's death the floral tributes had been appearing on the fence opposite Mr Osborn-Brooks' home.

In the middle of Monday night the flowers and balloons were taken down and placed on the pavement by an unknown man.

By Tuesday lunchtime the family of Mr Vincent - understood to be part of the travelling community - put them back up on the fence, however 30 minutes later a second man tore them down, put them in a pile and stamped on them.

The tributes were reattached for a third time at 17:00 BST, but at 21:30 BST another man turned up and took away half of the bouquets.

On Wednesday morning half of the fence was still covered with tributes, but these were stripped down at midday by another man and have been completely removed.

Speaking on LBC the deputy commissioner said the Met was working with Lewisham Council to work out how to manage the tributes.

"We want those laying flowers to respect the local people and the impact on them," he said.

"Those opposed to the flowers should act responsibly, respectfully and reasonably.

"As the borough commander said yesterday we don't want anyone - the local people or those visiting the scene - to feel intimidated."

His comments come after Lewisham's borough commander, Ch Supt Simon Dobinson, urged members of the public "to respect the wishes of those who choose to place flowers and other tributes in the area."

Stephen Langley-Hart, 72, a former resident of South Park Crescent, said: "They have the right to grieve even given the circumstances, but it could be done in a better way. It is really not terribly nice to have this thing opposite the house. It is a provocation.

"The police really have much better things to do than guard a flower display. They should be doing other things but I hope it is not going to escalate. I really hope they're not going to come back."

Read more news of London on our site.

If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
3 views in august
I recommend
No recommendations yet


Comments are designed to communicate and discuss the features of an enterprise or event, as well as to find out the interesting questions on it.

A man has been charged with the murder of a nurse who appeared on Britain's Got Talent in an NHS choir. Simonne Samantha Kerr, 31, from Wembley, was found fatally injured in a house in Grayshott Road, Battersea, on Wednesday - writes  bbc.com She was treated by paramedics but pronounced dead at the scene. Desmond Sylva, 40, of Grayshott Road, will appear in Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on Friday. Police are not looking for anyone else over Ms Kerr's death....
A maths teacher has been showing off her artistic skills by decorating rocks with incredible miniature versions of book covers. Ella Dickson, 39, spends up to an hour painting covers of books like Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Northern Lights and Matilda on rocks. She posts her intricate creations on a local Facebook page before hiding them near her local library for kids to find, photograph and then often re-hide. Mum-of-two Ella is part of th...
A doctor who worked as a physician to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has been killed after colliding with a truck as he cycled through central London. Peter Fisher, 67, was riding through the High Holborn area on Wednesday morning when the collision occurred. Police said he had died at the scene. “We are all deeply shocked and saddened to learn that Dr Peter Fisher tragically died in a road traffic accident yesterday,” Gill Gaskin, medical director at Universit...
Students collecting results from their school in the shadow of Grenfell Tower said they were proud to be bringing a sense of hope back to the community. Safety concerns forced Kensington Aldridge Academy to move to portable classrooms after the fire in June last year. Four of the school’s pupils and one former student were among the 72 killed. Students were given the choice to sit the exams in the original building or in the temporary classrooms. Many retu...
A former refugee who stood outside Canary Wharf station with a sign pleading for work says he is "overwhelmed" after a tweet showing him standing with his sign went viral. 22-year-old Mohamed Elbarkey sayshis self-promotional stunt has earned him some promising job leads, including interviews at places he would "love to work at." Mr Elbarkey came to the UK with his family as a refugee from Libya and graduated with a 2:1 in Aerospace Engineering from Southa...
In a UK first, shoppers in south London can now buy groceries in Sainsbury’s without going to the checkout or self-service scanner. By simply using their smart phone, shoppers can skip the queue altogether and buy products by scanning what they need themselves - writes standard.co.uk The supermarket chain is trialling new scan, pay and go technology in its Clapham North branch. The trial is thought to be the first of its kind not just in London, but the wh...
Four men have been stabbed and six have been arrested following an incident in Camberwell. Officers were called to playing fields outside Landor House at 5.24pm following reports of a stabbing. According to a Scotland Yard spokesperson, the four men, all believed to be in their teens,"have all been taken to south London hospitals." "Six males have been arrested in connection with the incident." Police remain at the scene. The condition of the four men is n...
A dance festival for 10,000 revellers in a south London park has been refused a licence after complaints from couples that the event would “spoil” their weddings nearby - writes standard.co.uk Diynamic Festival was set to take place in Morden Park on September 8. Tickets were already sold for the event, which boasts a line-up of house and techno DJs including Solomun and Adriatique across two stages. But Merton council rejected a licence application for it...
He made the promise as the government announced £10m to improve security and conditions at certain jails. New body scanners and sniffer dogs are to be introduced in 10 of England's most "challenging" prisons as part of a clampdown on drugs and mobile phones. The dogs have been trained to detect psychoactive substances such as Spice. Ministers also want to raise standards of leadership by sending prison governors to military-style colleges. And there will b...