Police urge public to 'respect the wishes' of those placing flowers for burglar, 82% say not appropriate

Just when you think the UK couldn’t get even more ridiculous, police have now backed tributes being near a house where a burglar was killed.

Henry Vincent died after being stabbed after he broke into a 78-year-old pensioner’s house last week. Richard Osborn-Brooks hasn’t been able to return to his house with his house with his wife after reportedly receiving threats against him.

Vincent’s family had left flowers, cards and balloons at the scene – much to the anger of local residents, who had promptly removed them.

The family defiantly put them back up the following day and police have issued a statement saying: “I do not want anyone to feel intimidated or that they are not being allowed to respond in a dignified way to a tragic death.

“We would urge members of the public to respect the wishes of those who choose to place flowers and other tributes in the area.”

Last night, locals vowed to continue to remove the shrines.

“There’s a few of us who will take turns so they can’t identify us,” one told The Sun.

“We’ve just got to be a bit more careful when taking the next lot down.

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A YouGov poll asked whether or not the public thought such tributes were appropriate. Unsurprisingly, 82% said they were inappropriate