Louth killings: Moment murder suspect arrested after mum and nine-year-old son stabbed to death

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A man is detained at Hallington House Farm, on the outskirts of Louth, Lincolnshire, by officers hunting for Daniel Boulton, who is sought in connection with the deaths of a 26-year-old woman and her nine-year-old son on Monday. Picture date: Tuesday June 1, 2021.
A man is detained at Hallington House Farm, on the outskirts of Louth, Lincolnshire. (PA)

A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a mother and her nine-year-old son following a 15-hour manhunt.

Daniel Boulton was detained by Lincolnshire Police after his 26-year-old ex-partner Bethany Vincent and her son Darren Henson were stabbed to death on Monday evening.

Police said Boulton was detained at about midday and will be questioned in custody.

Armed police at Hallington House Farm on the outskirts of Louth, Lincolnshire, after a man was detained by officers hunting for Daniel Boulton, who is sought in connection with the deaths of a 26-year-old woman and her nine-year-old son on Monday. Picture date: Tuesday June 1, 2021.
Armed police at Hallington House Farm on the outskirts of Louth, Lincolnshire, where a man was arrested in connection with the deaths of a woman and her child. (PA)
Armed police at Hallington House Farm on the outskirts of Louth, Lincolnshire, after a man was detained by officers hunting for Daniel Boulton, who is sought in connection with the deaths of a 26-year-old woman and her nine-year-old son on Monday. Picture date: Tuesday June 1, 2021.
Armed police at Hallington House Farm on the outskirts of Louth, Lincolnshire, where a man was arrested following a police manhunt. (PA)

The force said both victims had suffered multiple stab wounds at an “absolutely devastating and dramatic scene”, and a knife believed to have been used to inflict the injuries was recovered.

An off-duty police officer was also taken to hospital after being stabbed in nearby Hubbard’s Hills.

Another child was found at the house, but was unharmed.

The suspect was arrested in bare feet at around midday on Tuesday at a farm near Louth, after a man banged on a neighbour’s car window shouting “let me in, let me in”.

A knife believed to have been used to inflict the injuries was recovered at the scene, Lincolnshire Police said.

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.

Police have launched a hunt for Daniel Boulton, pictured. (Lincolnshire Police)
Daniel Boulton, pictured, has been arrested following a police manhunt. (Lincolnshire Police)
Police officers at the scene in High Holme Road, Louth, Lincolnshire, following the death of a woman and child on Monday. An urgent appeal has been issued by police to find Daniel Boulton, 29, in connection with the incident. Picture date: Tuesday June 1, 2021.
Police officers at the scene in High Holme Road, Louth, Lincolnshire, following the death of a woman and child on Monday. (PA)

He was wearing no shoes or socks, ripped tracksuit bottoms, an Adidas T-shirt and a Nike jacket.

Officers have begun conducting door-to-door inquiries around the area and are searching fields behind the farm buildings.

A force statement said: “We have located and arrested Daniel Boulton, who is wanted for questioning in connection with a murder in Louth last night and the injuring of a police officer in Hubbard’s Hills earlier today.

“Boulton, 29, was detained in the Hubbard’s Hill area around midday today. He is currently in police custody, where he will be held for questioning.”

A neighbour near the scene of where a man was apprehended by police in Louth said the person detained had attempted to get into another neighbour’s car.

The witness, who asked not to be named, said: “He was hammering on the window of the car saying ‘let me in, let me in’.

“(The other neighbour) is so shook up, she fortunately had the central locking on and managed to drive off before calling police.

“Police found him in one of the farm buildings but they are still looking for something.”

Lincolnshire Police made an appeal on Tuesday for information about the whereabouts of Boulton after the bodies were discovered at the property on High Holme Road at 8.29pm on Monday evening.

The force’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.”