Hither Green burglary suspect hunted by Met Police


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Billy Jeeves, 28, is being sought by police following the burglary in Hither Green

Police have named a man they want to trace in connection with a burglary where another suspected intruder was fatally stabbed.

Richard Osborn-Brooks, 78, discovered two intruders at his home in Hither Green, south-east London, in the early hours of 4 April.

Suspected burglar Henry Vincent, 37, was fatally stabbed during a struggle in the kitchen.

The Met Police said Billy Jeeves is wanted in connection with the burglary.

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Billy Jeeves’s van was found burnt out and destroyed Orpington

The force wants to hear from anybody who may have seen the 28-year-old’s white Vauxhall Astra van – with the registration GU52 AXT – in the days and hours before and after the burglary.

The van was found burnt out and destroyed on Saturday evening in Star Lane in Orpington, Kent.

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Mr Osborn-Brooks arrested on suspicion of murder following the burglary at his home in South Park Crescent.

But he was later released and told would face no further action.

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Richard Osborn-Brooks had been held on suspicion of murder but was later released

Police said they were called at about 00:45 BST to Mr Osborn-Brooks’s property over reports of a burglary when they found Mr Vincent collapsed in nearby Further Green Road.

A witness said an accomplice dragged Mr Vincent toward a van before leaving him for dead.

In January, Mr Jeeves and Mr Vincent were named and pictured by Kent Police in connection with an investigation into a distraction burglary on a man in his 70s.