Family and friends of suspected burglar Henry Vincent should be grieving in a "private and appropriate way", says a former detective.
Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, who was arrested after Vincent was stabbed to death during a struggle at the pensioner’s home, has been released without charge and is under police protection.
Vincent's family and friends had created a shrine in his memory outside Osborn-Brooks' home – but that memorial was torn down by angry neighbours.
Former Metropolitan Police detective Peter Bleksley told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "I would’ve expected [Vincent's family and friends] to deal with their grief in a more private and appropriate way.
"I personally find [the shrine] in the worst possible place, to be perfectly frank with you."
He added: "If there has been threats made [to Osborn-Brooks]...those threats need to be dealt with if there’s been any breaches of the law.
"If [police] can identify people who are making these threats they can arrest them, charge them and they can face some form of justice for their actions."
Julia also said: "You’re still going to love your husband, your brother, your son, your father or whatever, I understand that."
But "to then seek revenge on the elderly man who was forced into a situation where he took another man’s life, it’s almost adding insult to injury, isn’t it?"
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