Two boys stabbed and woman arrested after eight-hour standoff in Lincolnshire

Two 10-year-old boys were stabbed and a 39-year-old woman was arrested after an eight-hour police standoff at a property in Lincolnshire.

Police officers made a forced entry into the property at about 1am on Wednesday and found the boys with stab wounds. Both boys were taken to hospital but neither is believed to have life-threatening injuries.

The 39-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in police custody.

Police initially attended the property in the Fold Hill area of the village of Friskney, between Boston and Skegness, at 1.49pm on Tuesday after a report of concern for safety.

A spokesperson for Lincolnshire police said officers attended and spoke to the occupant.

“From around 4.30pm yesterday, specially trained officers negotiated with a woman inside the property and this continued for several hours. Firearms officers were also present at the scene. Officers forced entry into the property shortly after 1am this morning.”

The force said that after the incident it had referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct. The referral to the watchdog was mandatory.

The spokesperson added: “The road was closed for several hours while our officers were at the scene, but it has now reopened. There was no wider threat to residents during the incident.”