Pensioner arrested after stabbing burglar who broke into his home released without charge

PENSIONER Richard Osbourne-Brooks arrested after a serial burglar was stabbed to death in his home will face no further action.

Henry Vincent, 38, died after suffering a stab wound during the botched burglary on 78-year-old Richard Osborn-Brooks' home in South East London.

Police today confirmed the OAP would face no further action after he was arrested on suspicion of murder on Wednesday.

The decision to arrest him sparked outrage after The Sun revealed Vincent is a career criminal who targets elderly people - carrying out a spate of break-ins on the homes of vulnerable victims.

He was arrested and still under investigation over a distraction burglary in which a box of jewellery was stolen from a man in his 70s last November.

Vincent was named by Kent cops in connection with that crime along with an accomplice who was also allegedly with him when he broke into the home of retired RAC worker Mr Osborn-Brooks.

The Metropolitan Police released a statement today confirming they had spoken to Vincent's family over their decision not to charge Mr Osborn-Brooks.

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

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