Flowers and tributes for stabbed burglar Henry Vincent have been moved from the street where he died to a local community garden.

It comes after his family marked what would have been his 38th birthday on Sunday by leaving balloons and flowers at the scene in Hither Green, southeast London.

At the request of the police, they left their tributes approximately 100 metres away from the property where he was fatally stabbed by pensioner Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78.

His family had previously been tying flowers to a fence almost opposite the house but they were torn down at least four times by angry locals.

The police stopped the group from stapling cards to the fence, and told the group of between 20 and 30 people that the council had designated a place for them a few minutes’ walk away.

Instead, the flowers and balloons were left by a sign and lamppost just along from the fence.

But on Sunday evening Lewisham Council and Metropolitan Police said all the flowers and tributes had now been removed from South Park Crescent.

It said council staff had moved them to a local community garden and that the decision was made jointly with the police in order to reduce the impact on the local community.

Henry Vincent was stabbed by Mr Osborn-Brooks after he broke into the 78-year-old’s home in the early hours of 4 April.

Mr Osborn-Brooks was initially arrested on suspicion of murder but was later told he would face no further action.

He and his wife are reported to have been staying in a police safe house since then.

Sunday afternoon’s events had passed peacefully with police standing by.

A 37-year-old woman, who was part of the group but didn’t want to be named, said: We’re here because it’s his birthday, we just want to lay flowers.

We don’t want to cause any violence.

We’re not all criminals. We don’t all do wrong.

When asked how Vincent should be remembered, another woman said: We all loved him.

Once the group left, a few officers remained by the tributes.

Metropolitan Police had previously asked members of the public to respect the wishes of those who choose to place flowers and other tributes in the area.

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