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The intruder, a 38-year-old man, was left with wounds to his chest and local residents say he collapsed in a neighbouring road and died in hospital.The homeowner was initially detained on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm but was later arrested on suspicion of murder.Gordon Williams, 44, saw the man on the ground with a stab wound to the chest before another man tried, unsuccessfully, to get him into a white van.The van then drove off before police and paramedics then arrived at the scene. Please check your email and click on the link to activate your profile.
your home is your castle and I believe your neighbourhood is your kingdom.'I have got a wife and child and sometimes I'm out of London - we will have to have a serious discussion with the police about if something like this happens.' Neighbour Nick Myatt, who lives in a house within the police cordon, said of Mr Osborn-Brooks: 'I saw him a few times, he's a lovely old man and he cares for his wife who I think has dementia or is disabled.'He's a nice man, nice to talk to.'He's an old man - it's a shame really. Other neighbours also said they knew him from photos.'At first I thought he was drunk, but when I looked out of the window, I saw a white Vauxhall Astra van pulled up beside him.'A black man was saying to the guy on the ground "come on, get in the van".He was trying to drag him but it wasn't working.'The black guy then looked up to my window and saw me looking out, so he ran back into the van and drove off north.'My wife then heard the clang of metal on the ground and saw him throw something out of the van's window.'I went downstairs straight away and was the first on the scene.'The man on the ground was white and was bleeding heavily from his chest through his shirt.'Gordon said he then went out of the house to the injured man and added: 'I just tried to reassure him.Neighbour Clem Williams, who has lived on the road for 20 years questioned the man's arrest, asked: 'Why were the men at his house? They should let him go.'The homeowner suffered bruising to his arms but police said his injuries are not life threatening.
He remains in custody at a south London police station.
His t-shirt was covered in blood.' The witness said believed the man's injury was a knife wound.'People have been talking about a screwdriver but this wasn't a screwdriver wound, this was a knife.