Stabbed burglar Henry Vincent funeral: Teenager arrested

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Image caption The body of Henry Vincent was followed by a procession of mourners as it was taken to the church in St Mary Cray

A teenager was arrested on suspicion of assault outside the funeral of a burglar who was stabbed to death during a break-in in south-east London.

The male was arrested following an “incident” during the funeral of Henry Vincent, 37, police said.

There was a heavy police presence and members of the public and journalists were advised to stay away as tempers flared.

Stabbed burglar Henry Vincent funeral: Teenager arrested
Stabbed burglar Henry Vincent funeral: Teenager arrested

The arrested youth has been released under investigation.

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Image caption A white floral arrangement spelling out “Daddy” was placed next to the coffin

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Image caption Henry Vincent was killed in Hither Green during an attempted burglary

There was concern of a possible confrontation between the bereaved and supporters of Hither Green homeowner Richard Osborn-Brooks.

The 78-year-old was initially held on suspicion of murder following Mr Vincent’s death, but he was later released with no further action.

A cordon was set up around St Mary’s Church in St Mary Cray for the service.

The body of Mr Vincent was carried in a silver Mercedes, which was followed by a long convoy of vehicles, with other people walking behind the cortege.

Some mourners shouted abuse after seeing photographers waiting near the church and a missile was thrown, according to the Press Association.

One man, who said he was “on the way back from a job interview”, claimed he was hit by an egg as the procession passed.

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Image caption Police vehicles circled the area around the home of Richard Osborn-Brooks during the morning

Floral tributes and balloons for Mr Vincent were repeatedly attached and then removed from a fence in South Park Crescent shortly after he died.

Police circled the area around Osborn-Brooks’ house during the morning, but there were no reports of trouble there.

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