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

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

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

image source, Hertfordshire Police

image caption, Hertfordshire Police said Kyle Clifford has been found

  • Author, Ruth Comerford
  • Role, BBC news

This article contains details that some readers may find upsetting.

A triple murder 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 police 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, as well as possibly other weapons.

How did the attack unfold?

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

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

A large-scale manhunt was launched today to find suspect Kyle Clifford, 26, who is from Enfield, north London, and used to work as a security guard.

Armed police officers and specialist search teams responded “on the fly” and were deployed to various locations in North London and the Bushey area of ​​Hertfordshire.

On Wednesday afternoon, armed officers and ambulance staff were seen at a cemetery near where a house in Enfield was raided.

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

Hertfordshire Police later said Kyle Clifford was apprehended “without shots being fired” by police. He is receiving medical attention 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 caption, Carol Hunt, 61, one of three women killed, along with her husband John, BBC commentator

image source, Louise Hunt

image source, Hannah Hunt

What do we know about the suspect?

Details are still emerging about the suspect, but Kyle Clifford is believed to have left the British Army after a short stint in 2022.

He is also the ex-boyfriend of one of the daughters.

Police are treating the crimes as a “targeted incident”.

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

Chronology of events

  • Police officers were called to Ashlyn Close in Bushey, Hertfordshire, just before 7pm on Tuesday after a neighbor reported hearing screams
  • The three women were found seriously injured and died at the scene despite the best efforts of paramedics
  • Armed police raided a house in Rendlesham Road, Enfield, at around 08:00 on Wednesday.
  • 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 just before 6.30pm on Wednesday, announcing that officers had found and arrested Mr Clifford in Enfield
  • The force said he was receiving treatment after he was found with injuries

What did the police say?

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

They have also appealed for 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 happened.

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

Det Insp Justine Jenkins, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said this was an “incredibly difficult time for the victims’ family”.

“We would ask that their privacy be respected as they come to terms with what happened,” she added.

She said the investigation was “moving at a pace” and police had yet to formally identify the victims.

“Following extensive enquiries, the suspect has been located and no one else is wanted in connection with the investigation at this time,” she added.

image caption, The three women died on Ashlyn Close in Bushey, Hertfordshire

What was the public reaction?

John Hunt works for BBC 5 Live as a racing commentator.

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

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

Racing broadcasters also offered their condolences.

Speaking through tears on BBC Radio 5 Live, Mark Chapman – who worked with Mr Hunt at the radio station – said it had been a “heartbreaking day”.

“On behalf of everyone connected to 5 Live sport, our love, thoughts and support are with John and his family,” he said.

Sky Sports racing presenter Alex Hammond described the incident as “unimaginable horror” and “unbelievable tragedy”.

“The only words I can think of are love and support for Hunty, the nicest of men,” she said in a post on X.

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 informed of the police investigation.