I could see evil in child killers eyes as he ran at me with knife – hero cop
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A hero police officer recalled the “evil” in a killer’s eyes as he tried to apprehend the wanted man in a Lincolnshire park.
A manhunt had been launched for Daniel Boulton after the bodies of 26 year-old Bethany Vincent and her nine-year-old son Darren Henson were discovered at their home in Louth in June last year.
PC Steve Denniss was walking in nearby Hubbards Hills when he saw a hooded figure who he quickly identified as the fugitive, who appeared to be staring at a woman.
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"I thought he was going to attack her,” PC Denniss told Hull Live. “So I had no option but to try and arrest him. I identified myself and tackled him to a nearby bench.
"He began throwing his fists at me and kicking before running away, to which I gave chase."
Whilst pursuing Boulton, PC Denniss rang through to a colleague to ask for firearms officers to come to the park in an attempt to stop him from escaping.
He added: "At one point, a member of the public tried to approach him, but when they realised he had a knife they backed off. He then started coming towards me, trying to get my phone off me."
In the struggle that followed, Boulton stabbed PC Denniss in the leg before running off again.
Following him across rivers and bridges, PC Denniss found him trying to steal a woman's car before he ran off once more.
Steve remained in the park to ensure the safety of the public and only a short time later, Boulton was apprehended.
Speaking about why he acted so bravely, he said: "It's all about the victims.
"That's why we do what we do, to stop anything like this from happening again. It'll live long in my memory and certainly in the memory of Louth. Something as horrific as this isn't just forgotten."
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He added: "I didn't even think about what I was doing, it was like I was on auto pilot. I was determined to stop him, I knew he was dangerous and that's what I'd signed up to do. I had to do it for poor Bethany and DJ.
"Even when he had the knife, I wasn't thinking of myself. I knew he wanted the phone, but I wasn't going to let that happen come hell or high water."
Over a year on from the horrific murders, PC Denniss still walks his dogs on the same path he met Boulton on that day, but says he's tried to carry on with his life as best he can.
He said: "I walk the dogs there all the time still.
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"All of what's happened, including the award, will be something I never forget, but I don't let what happened weigh heavy on my mind. I sometimes think about what happened, but I've just carried on with my life, I still want to enjoy myself regardless.”
Despite his injury PC Denniss went back to work the next day, not wanting to let the public down. He was later handed a national bravery award in recognition of his courage and quick thinking.
Daniel Boulton was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 40 years at Lincoln Crown Court in February 2022. He will be considered for parole when he has served 40 years, but the judge warned him that he "may never be released".
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