Louth

Thousands of sparkling bubbles floated around the funeral cortege for a Louth mother and son who were tragically killed in their home in Louth.

Dozens of people gathered at the roadside as the procession made its way to Alford Crematorium on Wednesday, July 14 to pay their respects to 26-year-old Bethany Vincent and her nine-year-old son Darren ‘DJ’ Henson.

| Photo: John Aron

Daniel Boulton, 29, of Alexandra Road in Skegness was charged with their murders after Bethany and Darren were found with multiple stab wounds in a property on High Holme Road on May 31.

He will appear before a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court on September 27. A provisional trial date has also been set for January 10.

Their deaths sent waves of shock through the local community and more than £11,000 was donated on a fundraiser in their memory. 

A GoFundMe page was set up to raise money towards the funerals of Louth murder victims Bethany Vincent and Darren Henson.

Heartbroken friends, family and local people marked Darren’s love of bubbles by sending bursts of them into the air when the funeral cars passed by.

People were also given blue and pink balloons.

| Photo: John Aron

| Photo: John Aron

| Photo: John Aron

| Photo: John Aron

The hearse carrying Bethany was filled with cream, pink and blue flowers, along with a photograph of the young mother.

Darren followed, with bright blue floral tributes nodding to his favourite football team, Chelsea. He was also pictured in a silver frame wearing a smart shirt.

| Photo: John Aron

| Photo: John Aron

| Photo: John Aron

Due to restrictions, a few people attended a service at the crematorium.

Bethany’s sister Chloe had invited friends to stand outside the crematorium. She also asked that any donations are made to either Betheirvoice – a new charity set up in their honour to tackle domestic abuse, or Eresby school where Darren attended.

Chloe said: “We hope no other family has to go through the pain we are all feeling and will feel for the rest of our lives. We love you all. And thank you all so much.

| Photo: John Aron

| Photo: John Aron

| Photo: John Aron

| Photo: John Aron

| Photo: John Aron

| Photo: John Aron

| Photo: John Aron

People turned out to shower the procession in bubbles, in memory of the mother and son. | Photo: John Aron

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance became the only service of its kind in the country to offer a second ambucopter, which will be based on Lincolnshire’s east coast ahead of a busy summer.

The helicopter will be based at Strubby Airfield near Alford, and will aim to cover east coast areas of the county which will be popular holiday destinations this year, including Skegness and Mablethorpe.

It has been leased by Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance for use until the end of August, to cope with the expected spike in summer demand on the east coast of Lincolnshire.

The striking ambucopter has been brought in ahead of a summer surge in Skegness and beyond. | Photo: The Lincolnite

The helicopter can fly at 160mph, and on its journey to Strubby Airfield on Wednesday, it took just nine minutes to arrive from RAF Waddington.

Enough room for four crew members and a patient. | Photo: The Lincolnite

Unlike the usual bright yellow colour scheme of Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, this one will be donning white and blue colours.

HEMS Paramedic Rob Fillmer and Doctor Cosmo Scurr will be part of the crew on the helicopter. | Photo: The Lincolnite

Cosmo Scurr and Rob Fillmer are part of the medical team that will use the new ambucopter, having both worked for Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance for two years.

Cosmo told The Lincolnite: “Lincolnshire has a vast geography so the need for an extra ambucopter is greater than at other places.

“Also the fact that there are no major trauma centres in Lincolnshire means that we have further to travel here, with the closest ones being at Hull or Nottingham.”

It’s been up in the air already, and now will be sent out on calls when needed. | Photo: The Lincolnite

Rob added: “We have the equipment and facilities on board the helicopter to provide care for patients while on their way to hospital from the incident.

“Being in the air just makes the process so much quicker, particularly in this area of the county where the roads are winding and the traffic can pile up.”

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance become the only service in the country with two ambucopters. | Photo: Ellis Karran for The Lincolnite

Karen Jobling, CEO of the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, said she is proud to be the only air ambulance service in the country with two operational ambucopters.

“It’s obviously great for the county, the East Coast of Lincolnshire gets particularly busy over the summer months, especially now that many more people will be doing staycations in England due to COVID-19.

“We hope nobody has to use our service, but we want to assure people that we are on hand if they need us.”

The impressive machine can travel at speeds up to 160mph. | Photo: The Lincolnite

Each use of the air ambulance is believed to cost around £3,500, so fundraising and donations are more important than ever for Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance. To find out how to donate, visit their website.

In it comes to land. | Photo: The Lincolnite

A motorbike rider was taken to hospital with serious injuries after a crash with a police car, which was in pursuit of an Audi on the A1104 Miles Cross Hill in Alford.

The crash happened at around 5.20pm on Wednesday, June 9 and at the time of the collision police were in pursuit of a red Audi.

The chase happened after the driver had failed to stop for police.

The Audi was later recovered and a 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of taking the vehicle without consent.

The matter has been referred to Lincolnshire Police’s Professional Standards Department, who will investigate the circumstances.

Anyone who witnessed the collision and has not yet spoken to police is being urged to contact them on 101 quoting incident number 347 of June 9.

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