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Police no further action after 78 year old arrested on suspicion of murdering burglar

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A man arrested following a fatal stabbing in Lewisham has been released with no further action.

The 78-year-old man was told on Friday, 6 April, that following consultation between the Met and Crown Prosecution Service, no action will be taken.

Officers have also spoken with the family of Henry Vincent who died following the stabbing on Wednesday, 4 April. They have been informed of the decision and the reasons for it have been explained to them.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding, of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “This is a tragic case for all of those involved. As expected with any incident where someone has lost their life, my officers carried out a thorough investigation into the circumstances of the death.

“We have approached the CPS for early investigative advice, as required under the guidance. We have received and considered that advice, and, at present – on the evidence available – we will not seek a charging decision. Therefore, no further action will be taken against the man.

“Whilst there might be various forms of debate about which processes should be used in cases such as this, it was important that the resident was interviewed by officers under the appropriate legislation of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act; not only for the integrity of our investigation but also so that his personal and legal rights were protected.

“There will be an inquest in due course which will further review the circumstances into Mr Vincent’s death in a public forum.

“Our thoughts remain with the families whose lives have been devastated by these events.”

Police were called at 00:45hrs on Wednesday, 4 April, by a homeowner to reports of a burglary in progress and a man injured at an address on South Park Crescent, SE6.

The 78-year-old resident, who was at home with his wife, had found two men inside the address and a struggle ensued between him and the men.

It is believed that one of the suspects had a screwdriver and threatened the homeowner with it.

Henry Vincent, 37, from Kent, was found collapsed on Further Green Road, suffering a stab wound to the upper body.

He was taken by the London Ambulance Service to a central London hospital where he was pronounced dead at 03:37hrs.

A post-mortem examination has given a provisional cause of death as a stab wound.

The 78-year-old man suffered bruising to his arms. He was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and further arrested on suspicion of murder.

He was taken to a south London police before being bailed.

The second suspect in the burglary fled the scene prior to police arrival and remains outstanding.

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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood is the editor and news reporter covering national and international news crime and policing news. Tweet your news and views to @TrevSherwoodPH

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