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Kyle Clifford: How the manhunt for the triple homicide suspect unfolded

Kyle Clifford: How the manhunt for the triple homicide suspect unfolded

Image source, Hertfordshire Police

Image subtitle, Hertfordshire Police said Kyle Clifford has been found

  • Author, Ruth Comerford
  • Paper, BBC News

This article contains details that some readers may find disturbing.

A triple homicide suspect has been captured following the murder of a BBC racing commentator’s wife and two daughters on Tuesday.

Kyle Clifford, 26, was found in the Enfield area by officers on Wednesday afternoon following a large-scale manhunt across Hertfordshire and north London.

Police believe Tuesday night’s attack was targeted and carried out with a crossbow, and possibly other weapons.

How did the attack unfold?

Three women were found seriously injured shortly before 7pm BST on Tuesday night in an attack which police believe involved a crossbow.

All three victims died at the scene in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire.

A massive manhunt was launched today to find suspect Kyle Clifford, 26, who is from Enfield, north London, and worked as a security guard.

Armed police and specialist search teams responded “quickly” and were deployed to several locations across north London and the Bushey area of ​​Hertfordshire.

On Wednesday afternoon, armed police and ambulance crews were seen at a cemetery near where a house was searched in Enfield.

The cemetery was closed and an air ambulance was seen nearby.

Hertfordshire Police later said Kyle Clifford was apprehended “with no shots fired” by police. He is receiving medical treatment after being found with injuries.

Who were the victims?

They were: Carol Hunt, 61, wife of BBC commentator John Hunt, and two of their three daughters – Louise, 25, and Hannah, 28.

Image subtitle, Carol Hunt, 61, one of the three women killed, with her BBC commentator husband John

Image source, Louise Hunt

Image source, Hannah Hunt

What do we know about the suspect?

Details about the suspect are still emerging, but it is believed Kyle Clifford left the British Army after a short period of service in 2022.

Police are treating the killings as a “targeted incident” and said they believe the suspect was known to the victims.

Hertfordshire Police said shortly after arresting Mr Clifford that he was found with injuries and was receiving treatment.

Timeline of events

  • Officers were called to Ashlyn Close in Bushey, Hertfordshire, shortly before 7pm on Tuesday after a neighbour reported hearing screams
  • The three women were found seriously injured and died at the scene, despite the efforts of paramedics.
  • Armed police searched a house in Rendlesham Road, Enfield, on Wednesday at around 8am
  • Police confirmed the killings were “targeted” and warned the public not to approach Mr Clifford
  • “Extensive police resources,” including helicopters and armed officers, were deployed on Wednesday to find the suspect.
  • Hertfordshire Police issued a statement shortly before 6.30pm on Wednesday announcing that officers had found and arrested Mr Clifford in Enfield
  • Police said he was receiving treatment after being found with injuries.

What did the police say?

Police warned the public on Wednesday not to approach the suspect, who may have been in possession of a crossbow.

They also appealed to anyone who was near Ashlyn Close between lunchtime and early evening on Tuesday to get in touch.

A local councillor, Louise Nicholas, said there was support available for residents affected by what had happened.

Hertfordshire Police announced that Mr Clifford was found shortly before 6.30pm on Wednesday, adding that no shots had been fired.

Inspector Justine Jenkins, of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Serious Crime Unit, said it was an “incredibly difficult time for the victims’ families”.

“We ask that their privacy be respected as they deal with what has happened,” she added.

She said the investigation was “moving rapidly” and that police had not yet formally identified the victims.

“After extensive inquiries, the suspect has been located and no one else is being sought in connection with the investigation at this time,” she added.

Image subtitle, The three women died in Ashlyn Close in Bushey, Hertfordshire.

What was the public’s reaction?

John Hunt works for BBC Five Live as a racing commentator.

A spokesperson for the channel said: “Today’s news about John Hunt’s family is utterly devastating.

“Our thoughts are with John and his family at this incredibly difficult time and we will give him all the support we can.”

Race announcers also offered their condolences.

One of them, Matt Chapman, posted on X saying it was “impossible to comprehend the pain.”

“Just know we’re all here for you, John. We love you, mate – racing loves you,” he said.

Commentator Mike Vince said on X that his “heart bleeds” for Mr Hunt, adding that the incident was “just devastating”.

Sky Sports Racing said its team was “deeply saddened” by the “tragic deaths”.

“Our thoughts are with our colleague John Hunt, his family and friends at this terrible time,” X posted.

Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said the deaths were “truly shocking”, adding that she was being kept fully updated on the police investigation.