Man who trashed burglar’s shrine says ‘police warned his life is under threat’

Vigilante who trashed ‘shrine’ to stabbed burglar claims police have warned him to move house after receiving death threats

-Iain Gordon claims police warned him to add security measures to his home

-This comes after a group of Henry Vincent supporters ‘threatened to kill him’

-Mr Gordon sparked anger from supports after he tore down a ‘shrine’ to Vincent

-Supporters of fatally stabbed Vincent have claimed they are planning their own protest march on Sunday

A man who trashed floral tributes to a dead burglar revealed he has received a letter from police warning his life is under threat.

Artist and musician Iain Gordon was filmed shouting ‘scumbag’ as he tore down the shrine to Henry Vincent, 37, on Wednesday.

Vincent was fatally stabbed after breaking into the home of Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, in Hither Green, south east London.

Mr Gordon returned to the wrecked shrine in Hither Green, south east London, today for a planned protest against supporters of Vincent.

Four other members of the public turned up, but didn’t take part in the protest which was overseen by eight police officers and two police cars.

Mr Gordon said he would “cause as much disruption as possible” if Vincent’s funeral cortege passes the scene of his death.

He said he had “got wind” of death threats from Vincent’s family before he was visited by two officers from the Met’s major crime unit on Thursday night who presented him with a ‘threat to life’ letter warning him he was in danger.

He said he signed a ‘threat to life’ form they gave him, but defiantly vowed to ‘slag off’ supporters of Vincent outside Parliament on Monday.

He said: “They made me sign a threat to life form that says I’m a serious target of the Vincent family.

“Of course I’m scared. Who wouldn’t be scared? I don’t want to die.”

He added: “On Thursday I was told by somebody who lives in Swanley that ‘it’s all over Swanley Market’ that these guys were going to kill me, and take me on a one way trip down the coast.”

Meanwhile local residents warned of a “riot” if Vincent’s family lead a horse drawn hearse past the home of Mr Osborn-Brooks as part of a rumoured £100,000 funeral.

A 37-year-old mum-of-three who has lived in Lewisham for 30 years said there would be a “riot.”

She said: “It will get nasty and I think there will be a riot.

“For me that’s the worst thing, and there’s more aggression.

“The police should stop it. If they don’t, I think people should protest against the police.

“I’d be interested to see what funeral homes they [the Vincent family] use, because they won’t want their cars damaged because there will be a riot around the hearse.”

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