A mother and her nine-year-old son who were found stabbed to death have been pictured – as a dramatic 16-hour manhunt to find her ‘partner’ ended with him being dramatically arrested on a farm.
Bethany Vincent, 26, and her son Darren were found dead at about 8.30pm at a property in Louth, Lincolnshire, last night having suffered multiple stab wounds. A knife believed to be the murder weapon was recovered at the scene.
Daniel Boulton, 29, was arrested on a farm hours after police launched an extensive manhunt – in which they warned the public not to approach the 29-year-old amid fears he could be ‘dangerous’.
Pictures showed barefoot Boulton – who locals claim was Miss Vincent’s partner – being escorted away by two police officers at a farm in Hallington, near Louth, this afternoon. He remains in police custody where he will be held for questioning.
Boulton is believed to have earlier attacked an off-duty police officer in the market town today. The officer suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Ms Vincent’s father Darren this afternoon received an outpouring of sympathy online as wellwishers offered support following the loss of his daughter and grandson.
Bethany Vincent, 26, and her nine-year-old son Darren (pictured together) were found dead around 8.30pm last night after suffering from multiple stab wounds. A knife believed to have been used to inflict the injuries was recovered at the scene
Daniel Boulton was arrested in Louth, Lincolnshire, hours after police launched an extensive manhunt – in which they warned the public not to approach the 29-year-old amid fears he could be ‘dangerous’. Pictures showed Boulton being arrested by two police officers who escorted him from a woodland area (pictured)
Armed police were seen at Hallington House Farm on the outskirts of Louth, Lincolnshire, after a man was detained
Armed police were seen walking around Hallington House Farm prior to the arrest of murder suspect Boulton
Forensic officers on scene after Daniel Boulton was arrested nearby hours after police launched an extensive manhunt
Officers had been hunting Daniel Boulton, who is sought in connection with the deaths of a woman and her nine-year-old son
Forensic officers at Hallington House Farm on the outskirts of Louth, Lincolnshire, after a man was detained by officers
The suspect was wearing no shoes or socks, ripped tracksuit bottoms, an Adidas T-shirt and a Nike jacket when he was arrested at a farm in Hallington, near Louth
Daniel Boulton (pictured) was arrested in Louth, Lincolnshire, after police launched a 16-hour manhunt this morning – in which they warned the public not to approach the 29-year-old amid fears he could be ‘dangerous’
Police denied earlier reports that a second young child at the property had been abducted. Officers confirmed the child was found and has been safeguarded.
Officers rushed to the scene last night after receiving a call from paramedics.
Despite the best efforts of emergency services, the woman and child were pronounced dead at the scene.
Shane Marshall, 18, and his partner Niamh Ismay, 17, who live two doors down from where the incident happened, said they heard a baby screaming at around 8pm on Monday.
‘The police knocked on our door and told us to stay inside while we were cooking dinner.’
Lincolnshire Police’s Head of Crime, Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Cox, said: ‘This has been a tragic, extraordinary, and worrying set of circumstances in equal measure.
‘A woman and child have lost their lives in the most devastating way and I know that their loved ones will be feeling the magnitude of that today and our thoughts go out to them.
‘We have also seen communities in Louth, and indeed further afield, who will undoubtedly have been anxious about the possible danger in the town since last night.
‘To all of you I want to say thank you. You have been listening to our safety advice and sharing our appeals, all of which has helped us to do our job to the best of our ability.
Boulton is believed to have attacked an off-duty police officer in the market town today. The officer suffered non-life threatening injuries. Pictured: Police at the scene
Armed officers and several police vehicles were involved in the arrest at a farm in Hallington, near Louth. Two officers in high-vis escorted a man into a police van around the back of a farm building
A police officer is seen accepting flowers from a local who wished to pay tribute to the mother and son who died last night
Forensic officers were seen moving sheets of plastic near to flower tributes laid by locals. Several neighbours rushed to pay tribute
It came hours after the 26-year-old woman – believed to be Boulton’s partner – and her nine-year-old son were found dead at an address around 8.30pm last night (police at the scene today)
A forensic officer is seen clutching a bag of evidence at the scene of the stabbing in Louth
Forensic officers are seen at the scene today. A knife believed to have been used to inflict the injuries was recovered at the scene
The victims both suffered multiple stab wounds, Lincolnshire Police confirmed (police pictured at the scene)
A tribute was left at the scene today with the words ‘in our thoughts and prayers’ on a card attached to a bouquet of flowers
A teddy bear left at the scene of a double murder in High Holme Road, Louth, in Lincolnshire where police remain on scene
A police officer places a tribute at the scene where a 26-year-old mother and her son were found dead on Monday
‘I also want to thank our officers and other Emergency Services colleagues. The first responders last night were met with an unimaginable scene and reacted with professionalism to ensure we do what’s right by the victims, and that’s not a situation you can ever really prepare fully for.
‘Our off-duty officer today showed how you’re never really off shift and how our staff will always do their very best to protect the public. A thank you doesn’t really cover it, and we wish him a speedy recovery.
‘Finally, to all the officers and staff who have been involved in this challenging job overnight and into today, thank you for your ongoing commitment and professionalism.
‘There is still a lot to do and now the work starts to understand exactly what has happened here and how.’
Police were seen walking along the road where a woman and child were found dead yesterday
Officers rushed to the scene (a police cordon at the house, pictured) after receiving a call from paramedics
In response to an attack on a police officer in Louth today, the force wrote: ‘We are currently responding to an incident in Hubbard’s Hills, Louth, where an off-duty Lincolnshire Police officer has been injured.
‘His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.’
Louth was voted the UK’s favourite market town by BBC Countryfile magazine – beating off opposition from the likes of Perth, Hay-on-Wye and Stamford.
The town , which has a population of just 17,500, nestles in the Lincolnshire Wolds, and has fought hard to retain it’s independent shops rather than become a clone town.
Much of the town centre is unchanged from the mid 19th century with Georgian and Victorian buildings lining streets.