John Hunt family latest: Suspect Kyle Clifford found by police after manhunt

John Hunt family latest: Suspect Kyle Clifford found by police after manhunt
‘He may still be armed’: Public urged not to approach Bushey murder suspect Kyle Clifford

Armed police have found the man suspected of the crossbow murders of the wife and two daughters of BBC racing commentator John Hunt.

Officers and paramedics had rushed to a cemetery in Enfield, north London, following a huge manhunt that lasted most of Wednesday for Kyle Clifford, 26.

He was found in the Enfield area and was treated for injuries, police said. Hertfordshire Police said their officers did not fire any shots.

Clifford, who left the British Army in 2022 following a brief period of service, was wanted over the deaths of Carol Hunt, 61, and the couple’s two daughters, Hannah, 28, and Louise, 25.

The three women were found with serious injuries after officers were called to a property in Bushey on Tuesday evening.

During the manhunt, the force said they believed Clifford may have been armed with a crossbow and warned the public not to approach him.

Home secretary Yvette Cooper said she was being kept fully updated about the “truly shocking” deaths.

A Home Office spokeswoman said Ms Cooper would consider the findings of a call for evidence on crossbows to see whether laws need to be tightened further.

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Wanted man Kyle Clifford found

Police say they have found the suspect wanted over the killings of Carol Hunt and her daughters.

“A man wanted in connection with a triple murder in Bushey has been traced to a location in North London,” officers said.

“Following an extensive search, Kyle Clifford, aged 26, was found in the Enfield area by officers this afternoon.

“He is receiving medical treatment having been found with injuries. No shots were fired by police.”

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In pictures: Flowers for family from friends and neighbours

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Home secretary to consider law on crossbows

Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said she was being kept fully updated about the inquiry into the “truly shocking” deaths.

A Home Office spokeswoman said: “We keep legislation under constant review and a call for evidence was launched earlier this year to look at whether further controls on crossbows should be introduced.

“The home secretary will swiftly consider the findings to see if laws need to be tightened further.”

Jane Dalton10 July 2024 19:07


BBC will offer John Hunt ‘all support possible’

The BBC said, in a note to 5 Live staff, that it would provide racing commentator John Hunt with “all the support we can” after the killings of his wife, Carol, and her two daughters, Hannah and Louise.

Police found Kyle Clifford, 26, in the Enfield area of north London late on Wednesday after a hunt lasting most of the day.

Officers said he was being treated for injuries.

Jane Dalton10 July 2024 19:00


Site of the murders and where suspect fond The search to find Kyle Clifford, triple murder suspect (346 kB)
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Police had ‘overwhelming’ volume of calls from public

Police say they had an overwhelming number of calls from the public while they were hunting for murder suspect Kyle Clifford.

Detective Inspector Justine Jenkins from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “This continues to be an incredibly difficult time for the victims’ family and we would ask that their privacy is respected as they come to terms with what has happened.

“This investigation is moving at pace and formal identification of the victims is yet to take place. The premature naming of potential victims has caused great upset to the family when they should’ve been given the space to come to terms with their sudden loss.

“Following extensive enquiries, the suspect has been located and nobody else is being sought in connection with the investigation at this time.

“We have had an overwhelming number of calls and would like to express our gratitude to the members of the public who have contacted us.

“We would still appeal for anyone with information or footage to please contact police directly and refrain from commenting on social media as this could affect the progress of the case.

“We have set up an information portal where people can submit any information, photos or video footage which they feel could assist us with our investigation.

“This incident will of course be of concern to local residents. Additional local officers will be in the area today so please do speak to them if you need to.”

Jane Dalton10 July 2024 18:37


Tougher crossbow laws considered

Home secretary Yvette Cooper is urgently considering whether tougher crossbow laws are needed in the wake of the murders, after a Home Office review was carried out earlier this year:

Jane Dalton10 July 2024 18:30


Horseracing community rallies around bereaved Hunt

British Horseracing Authority chief executive Julie Harrington said she expected the racing community to rally around BBC commentator John Hunt after his wife and two daughters were killed in a crossbow attack at their home.

And the BBC’s former racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght underscored the “sympathy, love and support” sent to Hunt.

He said: “There are no words. Like everyone else I feel numb and sick on John’s behalf at such incomprehensible evil.

“Everyone who knows John knows he is the absolute archetypal family man, so proud of them, so it’s impossible to know what he can be going through.

“But I know I’m speaking for the whole racing community and the whole wider sports media community as well, both of which he’s been part of for so long, when I say everyone is sending sympathy, love and support to him. It’s just awful.”

Jane Dalton10 July 2024 18:15


In pictures: Armed police hunt graveyard

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Watch: Paramedics and police rush to cemetery

Paramedics and police rush to cemetery where searches for Kyle Clifford centred
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