Journalists and photographers have been forced to leave the scene of the Hither Green burglar Henry Vincent’s funeral, after rocks and eggs were thrown at the press.
Police outside St Mary’s Church in Orpington, Kent, told reporters to leave, warning there could be violence if they were still present when the funeral procession arrived.
An egg was thrown at the press by man thought to be a mourner, while others shouted abuse and shouted at reporters to leave.
A member of the public passing the road claimed he had also been hit by an egg in the moments beforehand. The man said he had been returning from a job interview and was struck on the leg.
He told the Press Association he would be making a complaint to the police, saying: “I’m lucky I’m on the way back from a job interview, not to it.”