Tributes to mum and son, 9, stabbed to death as suspect caught after manhunt

A mum stabbed to death alongside her son has been pictured for the first time after a suspect was caught following a 16-hour search.

The bodies of Bethany Vincent, 26, and son Darren Henson, nine, were found at a property in Louth, Lincolnshire on Monday.

A knife – believed to be the murder weapon – was recovered at the scene.

Daniel Boulton, 29, was arrested on Tuesday after police launched an extensive manhunt.

Tributes have now been paid to tragic Bethany and her little boy online, with messages of condolence also sent to her dad.

Relatives had also been sharing appeals to find suspect Boulton, who was detained at a farm in nearby Hallington.

The victim’s sister Chloe Vincent said on Facebook: “Honestly heartbroken […] my poor sister and nephew.”

Another person added: “So sorry to hear such heartbreaking news…thinking of the whole family at such a sad time.”

A third well wisher posted: “I can’t believe this had happened I knew Beth through school before I moved schools she was the loveliest girl.”

Boulton remains in police custody where he will be held for questioning.

Lincolnshire Police said an off-duty officer had been assaulted before the arrest.

DCS 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.”

“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.”

Louth, a popular market town, has a population of around 17,500 people.