Family’s grief at death of Great Yarmouth man Shane Boulton

THE grieving family of a Great Yarmouth man killed last week have spoken movingly of how they will miss his cheeky smile and sense of humour.

Devoted family man Shane Boulton, 21, died from a single stab wound to the heart outside his Stanley Terrace home on June 19.

His father Ronald Boulton, 60, of Havelock Road, Yarmouth and sister Donna Podmore, 25, told how they were struggling to come to terms with his loss, just weeks after he had started work at the Haven Seashore Holiday Park in Yarmouth.

Donna joked: “He could be cheeky, a little terror. He would wind us up because if you told him what to do, he would go and do the opposite, so we would tell him to do the opposite of what he should be doing.”

Motocross enthusiast Shane, who had special needs, was born in Chorley in Lancashire in 1989 and lived with his mother Pauline Boulton.

However, when she died he moved to Yarmouth in 2003 to live with his father and attended Sidestrand School in Cromer before pursuing his love of motor vehicles, training as a mechanic at Mr Clutch Autocentre in Yarmouth.

Mr Boulton said Shane, who had a child and a stepchild, would pack a picnic for his children and partner Claire Matheson, 31 and take them to see him challenge his friends at motocross on his Yamaha 125 bike on a dirt track at the Gapton Hall industrial estate.

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He added Shane’s other passions in life were football and fishing and he was a keen fan of Manchester United, particularly his favourite players Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney, and he could be seen on many occasions playing football with friends at St Nicholas’ Recreation Ground in Yarmouth.

Mr Boulton recalled how on one occasion his son was out fishing in a boat close to the Yarmouth shore but managed to snare a seagull which had the misfortune of flying into the path of his hook.

He added when the hook did find its intended target he was adept at snaring crabs and even a few eels.

The family has been flooded with tributes from Shane’s many friends and on Sunday they released 15 Chinese lanterns in his memory from the Wellington Pier.

No date has yet been set for his funeral, though the service will take place at St Mary’s Church in Regent Road.

His sister has asked people to respect the privacy of Shane’s family at this difficult time.

A 17-year-old girl was remanded in custody by Cambridge Crown Court last week, accused of Mr Boulton’s murder.

She was due to appear before Great Yarmouth Youth Court yesterday.

Two other people arrested in connection with the incident, a 29-year-old man and a woman, 31, have been released on police bail.