Manhunt launched for Kyle Clifford after BBC’s John Hunt’s spouse and daughters killed at house in Bushey | EUROtoday

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The three victims of a crossbow triple homicide had been the spouse and two daughters of BBC racing commentator John Hunt, it has emerged.

The broadcaster confirmed on its information website that Mr Hunt’s spouse Carol, 61, and two of their daughters had been killed in a “targeted” assault on the household house in Bushey, Hertfordshire.

Armed police are attempting to find former soldier Kyle Clifford, 26, amid fears he should be in possession of a crossbow following Tuesday’s night time’s horrifying incident.

Detectives have issued a direct plea to Clifford to contact police.

Officers had been referred to as to Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire, simply earlier than 7pm on Tuesday after neighbours heard screams within the quiet cul-de-sac.

Inside they discovered three significantly injured ladies. Despite the efforts of paramedics, Carol, 61, and two of her daughters, aged 25 and 28, had been pronounced lifeless on the scene.

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Kyle Clifford, 26, who is wanted in connection with the murders of the three women in Bushey (Hertfordshire Constabulary/PA)
Kyle Clifford, 26, who is needed in reference to the murders of the three ladies in Bushey (Hertfordshire Constabulary/PA) (PA Wire)

Hertfordshire Police has been looking in a single day for Clifford, from the Enfield space, who’s believed to be in Hertfordshire or north London.

The power has appealed to anybody who is aware of the place he’s to contact police instantly. They have suggested members of the general public to not strategy him and dial 999.

Clifford left the British Army in 2022 following a quick interval of service, The Independent understands.

Chief Superintendent Jon Simpson from Hertfordshire Police informed reporters the murders are believed to be “targeted” and the power warned the general public to not strategy the suspect who “may be in possession of a crossbow”.

He mentioned: “Our overarching objective today is to protect public safety and to locate Kyle Clifford, who is wanted in connection with the murder of the three women in what we believe is a targeted incident.

“We have extensive police resources deployed to various locations in north London and also the Bushey area.

“The manhunt also involves armed police officers and specialist search teams responding at pace in the wake of what has been a horrific incident involving what is currently believed to be a crossbow, but other weapons may also have been used.”

Addressing Clifford immediately, he mentioned: “Kyle, if you are seeing or hearing this, please make contact with the police.”

Swarms of officers had been seen raiding a house in Rendlesham Road, Enfield, on Wednesday morning, in keeping with neighbours because the manhunt continued.

Home Secretary Yvette Cooper mentioned she is being stored absolutely up to date concerning the inquiry into the “truly shocking” deaths.

BBC commentator John Hunt and his life Carol, 61
BBC commentator John Hunt and his life Carol, 61 (Supplied)

A neighbour dwelling within the quiet cul-de-sac revealed how she heard screams from the indifferent household house because the assault unfolded on Tuesday night time.

The 46-year-old, who works within the media and lives close to the scene however requested to not be named, mentioned “absolute chaos” then broke out as armed police put the highway into lockdown.

She mentioned: “It was between 6.30pm and 7pm last night and it literally just sounded like kids, somebody screaming, and then it was more shrill and I was like ‘that’s definitely a woman screaming’, and within 15 minutes, it was absolute chaos.

“We had armed police running down, screaming ‘stay in your house’ … they shut us off and basically put us into lockdown.”

Another neighbour on the scene in Bushey, who didn’t wish to be named, mentioned she didn’t know the victims nicely however they had been a pleasant household.

“We would see them every day passing by and they would say good morning,” she mentioned. “It’s really sad what’s happened, very shocking.”

A forensic tent at the family’s home in Bushey, Hertfordshire
A forensic tent on the household’s house in Bushey, Hertfordshire (PA)

Another native, Riaz, who’s in his 50s and declined to present his surname, mentioned: “This has been an awful situation and I can’t even imagine what the family must be going through.”

Local councillor Laurence Brass, who additionally lives close by, informed the BBC the realm is “a typical leafy British suburb”.

He mentioned: “At about eight o’clock last night, I was watching the football on television, and suddenly a helicopter landed in the lawn outside my flat, which is at the top of this road, and then my phone started going, and I was told that there was a major incident here in Bushey and we should all keep away because there was somebody apparently on the run.

“This is not something that happens in Bushey.

“We can’t remember a murder in our rather quiet neck of the woods, so (it’s a) terrible shock and our sympathies and prayers and thoughts are with the families of the three women.

“That really is a terrible thing to happen to anybody, and I’ve gathered they’re all from the same family, which obviously makes it even more tragic, and we’ll do everything we can as the local council to add our source of comfort where we can.”

Other councillors Louise Nicolas, Alan Matthews and Paul Richards mentioned they had been “deeply shocked” by the tragedy.

“As North Bushey councillors, we extend our thoughts and condolences to their families and all those affected,” they added.

“We would encourage anyone who has information relevant to the inquiry to contact police.”

An East of England Ambulance Service spokesperson mentioned: “We were called around 7pm on Tuesday July 9 to a property in Ashlyn Close in Bushey.

“Three ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance officer vehicle, the Hazardous Area Response Team, the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance and London Air Ambulance were sent to the scene.

“Sadly, despite the team’s best efforts, three women were pronounced dead at the scene.”

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