'Scumbags, scumbags, scumbags' – shrine to Henry Vincent pulled down again

The scene where Henry Vincent died after a robbery on April 4

The scene where Henry Vincent died after a robbery on April 4

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Flowers laid for the man killed in last week's Hither Green burglary-gone-wrong have been pulled down again, as tensions continue to rise in south-east London.

An angry Iain Gordon, who said he was part of the Fair Society group, pulled down the flowers laid by the family of Henry Vincent.

The 37-year-old was killed during a burglary in the early hours of Wednesday morning last week.

He was stabbed after a struggle with pensioner Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, who was held by police after the incident but released without further charge on Friday.

Wednesday's incident follows one on Tuesday evening where a hooded man ripped down half of the flowers.

Mr Gordon, from Lewisham, tore down the remaining half just after 12:30pm on Wednesday.

Mr Gordon said: "These people are scumbags, scumbags, scumbags.

"If you don't know why I pulled the flowers down then you aren't a human being.

"Would you go around allowing someone to stab your parents?

"Would you allow someone to come round with a screwdriver?

"And then be considered human beings?"

The incident is the fourth of its kind since the stabbing occurred.

The flower shrine was originally laid by Vincent's family and friends on Monday and includes hand-written cards from his children and aunt.

One read: "To my daddy, no words can describe the pain and heartache we are going through.

"These people won't put us down. We love you dad. We miss you so much."