Who is Kyle Clifford? The former soldier captured by police after John Hunt’s household killed in crossbow assault | EUROtoday

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The man captured by police after a mom and two daughters had been killed in a crossbow assault was a former soldier with a brother serving life in jail for homicide, it has emerged.

Kyle Clifford, 26, served briefly within the armed forces having, it’s understood, been a member of the Queen’s Dragoon Guards earlier than dropping out in 2022.

Police launched a manhunt for Clifford, who had labored as a safety guard, after the spouse and two daughters of BBC racing commentator John Hunt had been killed of their residence in Bushey, Hertfordshire, on Tuesday.

Mr Hunt’s spouse Carol, 61, beautician Hannah, 28, and canine groomer Louise, 25, died within the “targeted” assault which concerned a crossbow.

Clifford was reported to have been in a relationship with Louise and police have confirmed he was recognized to the victims.

Hertfordshire Police located Kyle Clifford on Wednesday
Hertfordshire Police situated Kyle Clifford on Wednesday (PA Wire)

He was being handled in hospital after armed police tracked him to a cemetery in Enfield, north London, the place he was discovered injured on Wednesday afternoon.

Born in Enfield in 1998, Clifford is known to be the third of 4 youngsters.

His eldest brother Bradley Clifford was jailed for all times in 2018 after mowing down a moped and beating a teen to demise in a rage after his “prized” purple Ford Mustang was broken.

He was handed a minimal time period of 23 years in jail following a trial at London’s Old Bailey, which heard he relentlessly pursued the moped carrying Soban Khan, 18, and his buddy Jahshua Francis.

Kyle’s older brother Bradley Clifford, 24, of Rendlesham Road in Enfield, north London, has been found guilty of murder
Kyle’s older brother Bradley Clifford, 24, of Rendlesham Road in Enfield, north London, has been discovered responsible of homicide (Metropolitan Police)

Mr Francis weaved into oncoming site visitors and tried to mount the pavement in a bid to flee, however he and Mr Khan, driving pillion, had been thrown into the air when Bradley Clifford crashed into them within the early hours of 5 August 2017. As Mr Khan lay dying within the highway, he then leapt out of his automobile and beat him to demise.

The brutal assault adopted a confrontation between two teams of younger individuals exterior a bar shortly after 3am that morning, the courtroom heard.

Bradley Clifford's red Ford Mustang after he crashed it into the moped carrying Soban Khan and Jahshua Francis in Enfield
Bradley Clifford’s purple Ford Mustang after he crashed it into the moped carrying Soban Khan and Jahshua Francis in Enfield (Metropolitan Police)

Police raided Bradley’s former deal with in Rendlesham Road, Enfield, within the hunt for Kyle on Wednesday.

A former military boss described Kyle, 5 years Bradley’s junior, as “immature” when he served as a trooper – the equal of a non-public with the Dragoon Guards.

The British Army web site states that the regiment has specialised in reconnaisance since its formation in 1685.

Aerial footage appeared to show Kyle Clifford being stretchered from a cemetery in Enfield
Aerial footage appeared to point out Kyle Clifford being stretchered from a cemetery in Enfield (Sky News)

An image of Kyle from his navy profession reveals him wearing military fatigues carrying a weapon, with camouflage paint on his face.

An military supply advised The Sun: “Clifford joined the Army in 2019 and I was with him in Basic Training. When he joined the Army he was immature for his age and had a bit of a chip on his shoulder.

“He struggled to grasp basic military concepts but managed to reach the standard to pass out from training.

“I hear he was [later] working in private security so would indicate that he is no longer in the military,” the supply mentioned.

After the military he briefly labored at a fireplace and safety set up firm, however left in July final 12 months.

The agency Amthal, primarily based in St Albans, Hertfordshire, mentioned in a press release: “Kyle Clifford was employed from February 22, 2023 to July 20, 2023.

“Since he departed from Amthal in July 2023, we have had no further communication with Mr Clifford.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/kyle-clifford-soldier-john-hunt-bushey-crossbow-b2577949.html