A 14-year-old boy has tragically drowned at Ashby Ville Nature Reserve in Scunthorpe after getting into difficulty while playing.

Humberside Police were called to the nature reserve at Mortal Ash Hill, Scunthorpe at 3pm on Tuesday, July 27 to reports of concerns for the safety of a boy in the water.

Specialist officers from the police underwater search unit conducted a thorough search of the water and found the boy’s body. His family is now being supported by specialist trained officers.

Detective Chief Inspector Grant Taylor said: “Our thoughts are with the boy’s family and loved ones at this very sad and difficult time. They are being supported by our specialist trained officers, as they come to terms with the tragic incident.

“The local neighbourhood police team will continue to support and speak to residents in the area and I encourage people to talk to them if they have any concerns.

“As part of our investigation we are now appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to please contact us.

Police would particularly like to speak with a man who they believe may have seen what happened and hold key information. He is described as wearing a black polo shirt with grey denim shorts, and is reported to have white hair and a beard.

If this man was you, or you have any information that would help with police enquiries, no matter how small, call 101 quoting log 370 of July 27, 2021.


A 46-year-old man from Lincoln, who died from a fatal head injury at the weekend, has been described as “a rare jewel” and “simply the best” after his tragic passing.

Darren Munnelly was found by emergency services after they were called to a flat on Carr Street in Lincoln, off Carholme Road, at 12.18am on Sunday, July 25.

He had a serious head injury and was taken to hospital for treatment, but sadly died at 6am on Sunday morning.

Tributes for Darren on Carr Street in Lincoln. | Photo: The Lincolnite

A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of Darren’s murder and remains in police custody. He has yet to be charged.

Darren’s death has sent shockwaves through the Lincoln community, with hundreds of people taking to social media to share memories and tributes to a “one of a kind” man who has been described as a “legend of West End Lincoln”.

Darren could always be seen with a smile on his face.

Shannon Jenkinson said: “In the words of my grandad, you were the best man to ever walk the earth, and that can be said by many others too, what a hero you are.”

Joseph Dowling echoed Shannon’s words, saying: “One of the nicest, funniest, friendliest people you could meet. I am so proud to have known you. You will be missed by everyone.”

Paul Dineen also paid tribute on social media: “Never a truer friend to everyone who knew him. Always had a song, a smile and a heart of pure gold, taken in the worst possible way. You will be so sadly missed.”

His cousin Patrick Faherty posted: “You really were one of a kind, such a selfless caring man. RIP and love you cousin, give dad a hug from me.”

According to his Facebook page, on the night of his death Darren had been to the Theatre Royal in Lincoln to watch an Eagles tribute band with his mum, just hours before he was killed.

Police are now appealing for information from the public about reports of a disturbance between a man and woman in the St Mary’s Street area of Lincoln at around 10pm on Saturday night.

If you saw anything that looked suspicious there or at the Carr Street area, call 101 and quote incident 12 of July 25.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 46-year-old man was fatally injured in Lincoln.

Emergency services were called to a flat on Carr Street in Lincoln, off Carholme Road, at 12.18am on Sunday, July 25.

There they found the victim with a serious head injury. He was taken to hospital for treatment but could not be saved.

Another man, aged 22, from Lincoln, was arrested on suspicion of murder. He remains in police custody for questioning.

A police cordon is in place at the property this morning and officers remain on scene while enquiries continue.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Myszczyszyn, of East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU), said:

“I know this is a concerning incident and people living in this area of Lincoln, or indeed anyone further afield, may well feel worried about what has happened.

“We are working through the exact details of the circumstances to establish what’s happened and have a number of officers dedicated to the investigation.

“We are working closely with the family of the man who has lost his life and doing our best to support them.

“I can confirm that we’re not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident and this morning we continue to question a man who has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

“I would like to appeal for information from the public. Were you in the St Mary’s Road area of Lincoln around 10pm last night and saw a disturbance between a man or a woman?

“Or did you see anything that looked suspicious in that area/the Carr Street area, or have any dashcam footage? If so, please get in touch with us because that information could prove vital.”

If you have any information that could be useful, contact police via one of the following ways:

  • Call 101, quoting Incident 12 of 25th July;
  • Email [email protected] putting “Incident 12 of 25th July” in the Subject line;
  • Call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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