Henry Vincent: Funeral procession of Hither Green burglar sets off

The funeral procession of slain burglar Henry Vincent has set off from his family home - a month after he was killed by a pensioner during a botched break-in in Hither Green. 

Floral tributes shaped like a BMW convertible, a Ford Transit van, a caravan and a boxing ring were among those adorning black limousines as the convoy snaked through the streets of south-east London.

Members of the burglar's family swore at photographers and policemen on the route, while others held up Mr Vincent's picture on the front of the Order of Service. 

Meanwhile neighbours of pensioner Richard Osborn-Brooks, who killed Mr Vincent during the burglary, have blocked his road to prevent the procession from passing through.

There is tight security around the entire procession route, as well as the site of Mr Vincent's death and the church where the funeral is taking place after tensions between the burglar's family and the local community following the incident.

A 30-minute service will be attended by 200 family and friends and will include Mr Vincent's favourite songs; 'If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time' by R Kelly and The Corr's cover of 'Dreams. Mourners will also sing Celine Dion's classic I'm Your Angel', MailOnline can reveal. 

Black limousines with floral tributes on the top are making their way through south-east London ahead of the funeral of Henry Vincent, the burglar who died after struggling with a pensioner during a botched break-in last month

Black limousines with floral tributes on the top are making their way through south-east London ahead of the funeral of Henry Vincent, the burglar who died after struggling with a pensioner during a botched break-in last month

A woman swore from the window of a limousine with a floral tribute in the shape of a Ford Transit van on top this morning

A woman swore from the window of a limousine with a floral tribute in the shape of a Ford Transit van on top this morning

A woman raises two fingers at photographers as she travelled in a car with a Transit van flower arrangement

A woman raises two fingers at photographers as she travelled in a car with a Transit van flower arrangement

Mourners raised their middle fingers at photographers and the police as the procession left Swanley this morning

Mourners raised their middle fingers at photographers and the police as the procession left Swanley this morning

A floral tribute in the shape of a maroon BMW convertible with the registration '1 Henry' on the front was placed on the hearse

A floral tribute in the shape of a maroon BMW convertible with the registration '1 Henry' on the front was placed on the hearse

Another of the floral tributes was shaped like a white van with a caravan behind it. The registration is 'Henry Boy'

Another of the floral tributes was shaped like a white van with a caravan behind it. The registration is 'Henry Boy'

One of the floral tributes on top of the convoy of black vehicles was in the shape of a boxing ring as Vincent was known to box

One of the floral tributes on top of the convoy of black vehicles was in the shape of a boxing ring as Vincent was known to box

Richard Osborn-Brooks (pictured) stabbed burglar Henry Vincent Jnr to death as he robbed the pensioner's home. Mr Osborn-Brooks will face no charges

The Vincents' son Henry Jnr, 37 (pictured) was stabbed to death with his own screwdriver by a pensioner as he burgled a family home in Hither Green on April 4

Mr Vincent, 37 (right) was stabbed to death with his own screwdriver by pensioner Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78 (left) as he burgled the pensioner's home in Hither Green on April 4. No charges were brought against Mr Osborn-Brooks

Mourners arriving at the church are shielding their faces by pulling hoods over their faces and covering their faces with their hands.

Tensions are high as one man dressed in black with a scarf wrapped around his face said to reporters: 'You need shooting in the head with a cannon ball.'

Another threw a can at a photographer, while a rock was thrown by a member of the public at a broadcast van on the road adjacent to the church. 

One of the mourners, who refused to give her name, said of Mr Vincent: 'His body has been kept in an open casket for three days outside his mum's house so people can see him.

'His mum is devastated, she has not left the house at all for days. After the funeral we're coming back to the mum's house for the wake and there will be a massive bonfire.

'People will the sit around and say nice things about him. I know he's done a bad thing, but he's dead and it's only right for the family to pay their respects.' 

Flowers arranged to look like a purple sports car sat on top of the hearse, which was followed by eight black Mercedes limousines carrying family and friends to the funeral service.

One limousine had a red van made out of flowers on the roof,  another a white boxing ring. One tribute spelled out  'I Love You Cuz' while another arrangement spelled out 'Henry'.

A woman dressed in black leaned out of the window of one of the limousines as the convoy arrived at the church

A woman dressed in black leaned out of the window of one of the limousines as the convoy arrived at the church

A man sitting in the front of the hearse carrying Mr Vincent's body swore at photographers and police along the way

A man sitting in the front of the hearse carrying Mr Vincent's body swore at photographers and police along the way

Some mourners covered their heads with towels as they arrived at the church. Around 200 people are expected at the service

Some mourners covered their heads with towels as they arrived at the church. Around 200 people are expected at the service

Locals this morning parked their cars across the entrance to the road where Mr Vincent died in Hither Green, amid fears the burglar's family might try to bring a funeral procession along the residential street. 

A man who parked his Ford Mondeo across the entrance to the road, who gave his name only as 'Dave', said the police should be blocking the road to protect residents. 

He 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).' 

Two undertakers in top hats and carrying canes led the procession down the road of the council estate as locals looked on

Two undertakers in top hats and carrying canes led the procession down the road of the council estate as locals looked on

Others held up the funeral's Order of Service as the convoy of cars drove towards the church in Orpington, south London

Others held up the funeral's Order of Service as the convoy of cars drove towards the church in Orpington, south London

Many lavish flower arrangements were put on the cars transporting Mr Vincent's family to the church this morning

Many lavish flower arrangements were put on the cars transporting Mr Vincent's family to the church this morning

A large convoy of black cars have pulled up to transport Mr Vincent's family from their home in Swanley to the funeral

Police have been drafted in to the area amid fears over security following Mr Vincent's death at the start of last month

Police have been drafted in to the area amid fears over security following Mr Vincent's death at the start of last month

A fleet of cars, mostly Mercedes, arrived at the family home on a council estate in Swanley to take the family to the service

A fleet of cars, mostly Mercedes, arrived at the family home on a council estate in Swanley to take the family to the service

The silver hearse was followed by 10 black saloons, all adorned with floral tributes as the procession moved through London

The silver hearse was followed by 10 black saloons, all adorned with floral tributes as the procession moved through London

Police have stepped up patrols, circling the area, but Dave said he will remain parked at the end of the road unless a police vehicle replaces him. 

Iain Gordon, who said he previously removed flowers laid in tribute to Vincent at the scene of the crime, returned to Hither Green in protest at the possibility the funeral procession may pass the house.

Mr Gordon, who did not wish to say where he was from, brought a portrait he had drawn of Vincent.

Holding it up, he said: 'This is a man that could've been a professional boxer. He could've had a good living from being a professional

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