29-year-old man arrested for murder of woman and boy
Police arrested a 29-year-old man on suspicion of murdering a woman and a child and injuring a policeman.
Daniel Boulton was arrested by Lincolnshire Police at around noon on Tuesday after a 26-year-old woman and a nine-year-old boy were stabbed to death in High Holme Road, Louth, around 8:29 pm Monday.
The force said the two victims suffered multiple stab wounds and a knife that was believed to have been used to inflict the wounds was recovered.
Another child has been found unharmed on the property and is being taken into care, police said.
A Lincolnshire police officer on leave was also injured in the Hubbard’s Hill area of Louth on Tuesday morning during a manhunt for Boulton.
Police said he was being held for questioning.
A neighbor near the scene where a man was apprehended by police in Louth said the detained person attempted to get into another neighbor’s car.
The witness, who asked not to be named, said: “He was tapping on the car window and saying ‘let me in, let me in’.
“(The other neighbor) is so upset that she luckily put on the central lock and managed to leave before calling the police.
“The police found her in one of the farm buildings but they are still looking for something.”
Armed officers and several police vehicles were involved in the arrest at a farm in Hallington, near Louth.
Two officers in high visibility jackets escorted a man into a police van in the back of a farm building.
He was not wearing shoes or socks, ripped sweatpants, an Adidas t-shirt and a Nike jacket.
Officers have started to carry out door-to-door investigations in the area and search the fields behind the farm buildings.
Forensic officers were also seen entering the High Holme Road property on Tuesday, where floral tributes were left outside.
Shane Marshall, 18, and his partner Niamh Ismay, 17, who live two doors down from where the double stabbing took place, told the PA News Agency that they heard a baby screaming around 20 hours Monday.
Mr Marshall said: “We have seen armed police and canine units arrive. We didn’t see any action, we just heard a baby scream.
“The police said they couldn’t tell us much, but they said ‘as you can see this is very, very serious.”
An air ambulance and a number of police vehicles could be seen in the Hubbard’s Hill area where a policeman was injured.
Lincolnshire Police Chief Crime Officer Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Cox said: “It was a set of tragic, extraordinary and disturbing circumstances in equal measure.
“A woman and a child lost their lives in the most devastating way and I know their loved ones will feel the magnitude today and our hearts are with them.
“We have also seen communities in Louth, and even further afield, who are no doubt worried about possible danger in the city since last night. To all of you, I want to say thank you.
“You listened to our safety advice and shared our calls, which has helped us all do our jobs to the best of our ability.
“I would also like to thank our officers and other colleagues in the emergency services. Last night the first responders faced an unimaginable scene and responded professionally to ensure that we are doing what is right for the victims, and this is not a situation you can really fully prepare for.
“Our off-duty officer showed today how you are never really on leave and how our staff will always do their best to protect the public.
“A thank you doesn’t really cover him, and we wish him a speedy recovery.
“Finally, to all the officers and staff who have been involved in this difficult job overnight and until today, thank you for your continued commitment and professionalism.
“There is still a lot to do and now the work is starting to figure out exactly what happened here and how.”