Tempers flared at the funeral of a burglar who was stabbed by a pensioner defending his home as mourners hurled items and swore at reporters .
A large contingent gathered on Thursday to cover the open-casket funeral of Henry Vincent, 37, who was killed after a struggle with Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, in Hither Green, London on April 4.
A month on, tensions are still heightened after weeks of stand-offs between the Vincent family and residents in Hither Green.
As the elaborate procession made its way through St Mary Cray near Orpington in Kent, women were seen leaning out of flower-laden cars swearing at journalists.
Pictures captured a man in a suit and military boots being pinned to the ground as he still held what appeared to be an order of service.
Scotland Yard told The Telegraph a man, believed to be in his teens, was arrested on suspicion of assault at 1.15pm in High Street, Orpington.
Objects were also thrown, including eggs, rocks and drinks cans, and police ordered photographers to leave the area amid fears of violence.
One mourner shouted “you need shooting” at the press and a cameraman was struck with an egg. Another journalist was cut on his finger after being hit by two eggs.
After the service, a group ran from the cemetery and surged towards journalists in the street in what was described as “terrifying scenes”. They were stopped by police.
Scotland Yard has increased patrols in Hither Green for the funeral, but Vincent was carried through the streets of St Mary Cray – seven miles away.
The huge funeral cortege left the family home Lime Road in Swanley, Kent at 11.10am with two funeral directors with top hats walking in front of the procession.
They walked in front of the silver Mercedes hearse carrying Vincent’s coffin with a floral tribute in red flowers reading “Daddy”.
A purple sports car also sat on top of the hearse, which was followed by eight black Mercedes limousines carrying family and friends to the funeral service.
The first had a red van made out of flowers on the roof, the second a white boxing ring-shaped tribute, another a flatbed and one had a caravan-shaped arrangement.
Another car carried a decoration reading “I Love You Cuz” made out of flowers with a yellow heart and one floral tribute reading “Henry” could be seen on another car.
A huge line of cars then followed behind the limousines joined the A20 London Road towards Sidcup.
One onlooker said: “They look like they have spent thousands on flowers alone. It is a real show of love for him. I haven’t seen anything like that around here for ages.”
Meanwhile at St Mary’s Church of England Parish church, police officers and liaison officers stood guard as mourners began to arrive for the funeral.
Bouquets of white flowers were tied to posts outside the church, which had its doors locked prior to the service.One group of police officers stood directly outside the church with another group stood on the street opposite the church.
A group of photographers and reporters stood opposite the church and several female mourners wearing black assembled outside the church with one woman pulling her cardigan over her head as she walked past photographers.
Another woman shouted at photographers “we don’t want to be filmed”.
At one point, several women formed a line across the road opposite the church as men wearing sunglasses walked past the church and pulled their hoods over their heads and faces.
How the victim, 78, was arrested for defending his residence
A pensioner was arrested and substitute released after a suspected burglar was killed during a violent tussle at his residence.
The 78-year-dated was held in parable to suspicion of murder after Henry Vincent, 37, died of his wounds in hospital in the abet on hours of April 4.
Police said the be anxious broke out after the pensioner, Richard Osborn-Brooks, found two men inside his blazing in South Park, Hither Green, south London immediately after midnight.
One of the burglars, who was armed when than a screwdriver, upset the homeowner into his kitchen though his fashion associated went upstairs.
Detectives put happening considering a wrestle later took place together surrounded by “one of the males and the homeowner” and the 37-year-very old intruder was stabbed in the upper body.