A group of men have been pictured throwing items outside St Mary’s Church in St Mary Cray, south-east London.
An eyewitness at the scene told Metro.co.uk that the group were part of the funeral, and were throwing things at members of the press. Earlier today, neighbours of pensioner Richard Osborn-Brooks, who fatally stabbed Henry Vincent, blocked off their street in an apparent effort to stop the service passing his home. The 37-year-old died following a struggle after invading the home in the early hours of the morning. His body laid in an open casket for three days so family and friends could pay their respects, a mourner has revealed. The criminal was kept beneath a DIY gazebo of green and blue tarpaulin outside his mum’s home since Tuesday so mourners could visit. Concern has been mounting that the intruder’s final send-off could descend into an ugly confrontation between the bereaved and supporters of Mr Osborn-Brooks.
One resident, who gave his name only as Dave, parked his car at the end of South Park Crescent and said: ‘I think it’s a disgrace that they want to bring the funeral past after all the flower debacle. It’s just not on.’ The 57-year-old said he had decided to park up despite police guidance that the funeral procession is not due to enter Lewisham.
He said: ‘There is the possibility that they might bring the body down in a hearse first and do a pass-by and then go back and have the actual funeral (elsewhere).’ Police have stepped up patrols in the area, but Dave said he will remain parked at the end of the road unless a police vehicle replaces him. The Metropolitan Police said the decision to send officers to the south-east London street was for ‘community reassurance’ after reports that Vincent’s loved ones would march through the area in an act of defiance.
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