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 have arrested a murder suspect after a mother, 26, and her nine-year-old son were stabbed to death last night.
Daniel Boulton was arrested in Louth, Lincolnshire, after police launched a 16-hour manhunt – in which they warned the public not to approach the 29-year-old amid fears he could be ‘dangerous’.
Pictures showed bare-foot Boulton being escorted away by two police officers near to a woodland area this afternoon.
Boulton is believed to have attacked an off-duty police officer in the market town today. The officer suffered non-life threatening injuries.
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.
The victims – who have not been named – both suffered multiple stab wounds, Lincolnshire Police confirmed.
A knife believed to have been used to inflict the injuries was recovered at the scene.
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 paramedics, the woman and child were pronounced dead at the scene.
Pictures showed Boulton being arrested by two police officers who escorted him from a woodland area (pictured)
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
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 double murder in Louth
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.
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 – who have not been named – 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
‘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 death 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.
‘It is believed that the individual responsible may be Daniel Boulton, who is wanted in connection with a murder in the town last night.
‘Please do not approach him if you see him and instead call 999, and please avoid the Hubbard’s Hills area for the time being.’
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.