Police release image of man in connection with Hither Green burglary


Police are hunting a man following an aggravated burglary at a pensioner's home in which an intruder died.

Billy Jeeves, 28, is being sought by police following an aggravated burglary in South Park Crescent, Hither Green, south-east London, at around 12.45am on Wednesday April 4, Scotland Yard said.

Seventy-eight-year-old Richard Osborn-Brooks was arrested on suspicion of murdering intruder Henry Vincent, 37, who died following a struggle in the botched raid at his home, but was told he will face no further action over the death.

To view this content, you'll need to update your privacy settings.
Please click here to do so.

Vincent's accomplice got away and has not yet been found.

The Met Police released a mugshot of Jeeves and said he has links to Orpington and Swanley in Kent, and Cambridge.

Officers also want to hear from anybody who may have seen his vehicle, a white Vauxhall Astra van with registration GU52 AXT, in the days and hours before and after the burglary.

The van was found burnt out and destroyed on the evening of Saturday April 7 in Star Lane, near Hockingdon Lane in Orpington, Kent.

Officers were called to reports of a burglary in progress at 12.45am, after two men entered the house on South Park Crescent.

One suspect, armed with a screwdriver, forced the homeowner into his kitchen when he discovered them, while his accomplice went upstairs, the force previously said.

Detectives believe a struggle ensued between "one of the males and the homeowner" and the intruder was stabbed in the upper body.

It is unclear what implement was used to deliver the fatal blow.

Both men then apparently attempted a getaway, but Vincent collapsed nearby on Further Green Road.

An accomplice attempted to drag him towards a van but eventually left, according to a witness.

Paramedics from London Ambulance Service took him to a central London hospital where he died at 3.37am.