Bushey crossbow attack latest: Harrowing new details emerge as suspect remains in hospital

Carol Hunt, 61, wife of BBC racing commentator John Hunt, and two of their daughters, Hannah, 28, and Louise, 25, were killed in what is being treated as a targeted attack (Pictures: Facebook/Instagram)

The victims of a horrific crossbow attack may have been held hostage for hours before they were ‘brutally murdered’, it has emerged.

Carol Hunt, 61, wife of BBC racing commentator John Hunt, and two of their daughters, Hannah, 28, and Louise, 25, were allegedly tied up and executed in what is being treated as a targeted attack at their home in Bushey, Hertfordshire, on Tuesday.

Suspect Kyle Clifford, 26, who is thought to be Louise’s ex-boyfriend, was captured by armed police hiding out in a cemetery on Wednesday afternoon.

Last night, harrowing new details emerged of what happened inside the house before Mr Hunt arrived home from work to be confronted by a scene of carnage.

Police sources say all three women bore ligature marks on their wrists and faces, along with knee injuries suggesting they had been bound at one stage, the Guardian reports.

It is also understood that one called 999 before the suspect fled, with a source saying the victims may have been held hostage for hours beforehand.


Triple murder suspect Kyle Clifford remains in hospital

Triple murder suspect Kyle Clifford remains in hospital this morning after being found in a cemetery following a manhunt yesterday.

He was found with injuries in Lavender Hill Cemetery in Enfield, north London, on Wednesday afternoon and was taken to a major trauma centre for treatment.

Police confirmed no shots had been fired by officers and said no arrest had yet been made.

Footage from Sky News appeared to show Clifford being stretchered out of the cemetery by paramedics.

Armed police had earlier swarmed the area, with an air ambulance seen nearby.

How today’s events unfolded

Floral tributes left near to the scene in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire (Picture: James Manning/PA Wire)
Floral tributes left near to the scene in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire (Picture: James Manning/PA Wire)

We are now closing today’s live blog. To wrap up, here is how the day unfolded:

Police launched a manhunt for suspect Kyle Clifford after three women were found dead inside a property in Bushey, Hertfordshire yesterday evening.

The victims were named as the wife and two daughters of John Hunt: Carole, 61, Hannah, and Louise.

They were allegedly killed after being tied up and shot with a cross bow.

Hertfordshire Police confirmed this evening they licated Clifford inside a cemetery in Enfield with injuries. He remains in hospital.

The force said they believe Clifford was known to the victims, and no one else is being sought in connection to the incident.

Suspect taken to major trauma centre

We now have a statement from the London Ambulance Service on the incident in Enfield this afternoon.

A spokesperson said: ‘Ambulance crews and London’s air ambulance attended an incident in Lavender Hill Cemetery, Enfield, this afternoon.

‘We treated a man at the scene and took him to a major trauma centre.’

Friend of youngest daughter says she was ‘really sweet’

Louise Hunt
Reports suggest Louise Hunt, 25, was the ex-girlfriend of suspect Kyle Clifford (Picture: Facebook)

A friend of Louise Hunt has said she was ‘always a positive person’ and that he could not think of ‘anything bad to say about her’.

He told BBC News: ‘I knew Louise back from school days and she was really sweet, very kind, always a positive person.

‘I can’t think of anything bad to say about her – a really lovely person all round, a super hardworking person.

‘It’s been a massive shock.’

Full police statement after discovery of suspect

Armed police search Lavender Hill Cemetery in Enfield, as the hunt Kyle Clifford (26), the suspect in a triple murder case continues. July 10, 2024. Release date ? July 10, 2024. Detectives investigating a triple murder which occurred in Bushey, Hertfordshire, yesterday evening (Tuesday 9 July) are actively seeking a man who is wanted in connection with the incident. Police were called to a property in Ashlyn Close just before 7pm. Officers attended alongside the ambulance service and on arrival, found three women with serious injuries. Sadly, despite their best efforts, the women, who are believed to be related, died a short time later at the scene. Police have since been searching throughout the night for 26-year-old Kyle Clifford from the Enfield area who is wanted in connection with the incident.
Armed police in Lavender Hill Cemetery in Enfield earlier today (Picture: James Linsell Clark/SWNS)

Hertfordshire Police has said no shots were fired by officers after they found Kyle Clifford, the suspect in the Bushey triple murder.

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 inquiries, 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.’

John Hunt’s BBC colleague says he feels ‘numb and sick’

John Hunt’s fellow BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght has spoken about his reaction to the tragedy.

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.’

Moment Kyle Clifford is found by police

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Suspect Kyle Clifford located

Kyle Clifford has been found in a location in Enfield, Hertfordshire Police has said.

He was found with injuries and is receiving medical treatment.

Police confirmed they believe he was known to the victims.

Moment ‘triple murder suspect fled scene with crossbow under his arm’

Doorbell footage has emerged appearing to show the suspect walking away from the scene of the murders.

The man, believed to be Kyle Clifford, is filmed outside the family home in Bushey carrying a large object under a white sheet shortly before 7pm yesterday.

Neighbours pay tribute to the ‘very nice’ family

A neighour has paid tribute to the family has said the family were ‘very close-knit’, with one of the daughters running a popular local business.

Glyn Nicholas, 77, retired, who has lived on the same road as the victims for 50 years said: ‘They were a private family, all very nice, a private family. They all did their own things.

‘Louise started a business a couple of years ago, and it was a thriving business – we all took our dogs there to be groomed.

‘A very close-knit family and they used to love the street.’

Everything we know about the Bushey crossbow attack so far

Armed police use bolt cutters to gain access to the Enfield Council, Cooks Hole Allotment site in Enfield, as the hunt Kyle Clifford (26), the suspect in a triple murder case continues. July 10, 2024. Release date ? July 10, 2024. Detectives investigating a triple murder which occurred in Bushey, Hertfordshire, yesterday evening (Tuesday 9 July) are actively seeking a man who is wanted in connection with the incident. Police were called to a property in Ashlyn Close just before 7pm. Officers attended alongside the ambulance service and on arrival, found three women with serious injuries. Sadly, despite their best efforts, the women, who are believed to be related, died a short time later at the scene. Police have since been searching throughout the night for 26-year-old Kyle Clifford from the Enfield area who is wanted in connection with the incident.
Armed police use bolt cutters to gain access to the Enfield Council, Cooks Hole Allotment site in Enfield (Picture: James Linsell Clark/SWNS)

Police are continuing their search for suspect Kyle Clifford, with armed police pictured searching the Enfield area.

Alarms were raised last night after neighbours heard screaming just before 7pm.

The area was put on lockdown and the search has continued since.

You can read an hourly timeline of what we know so far here.

Armed police search Enfield cemetery

Paramedics and police have been seen rushing into Lavender Hill Cemetery in Hilly Fields.

The area has been the centre of the search for suspect Kyle Clifford, with a house also being search nearby.

The cemetery has been closed off and an air ambulance was seen nearby.

A forensics van was also seen arriving in the area.

Armed police search Lavender Hill Cemetery in Enfield, as the hunt Kyle Clifford (26), the suspect in a triple murder case continues. July 10, 2024. Release date ? July 10, 2024. Detectives investigating a triple murder which occurred in Bushey, Hertfordshire, yesterday evening (Tuesday 9 July) are actively seeking a man who is wanted in connection with the incident. Police were called to a property in Ashlyn Close just before 7pm. Officers attended alongside the ambulance service and on arrival, found three women with serious injuries. Sadly, despite their best efforts, the women, who are believed to be related, died a short time later at the scene. Police have since been searching throughout the night for 26-year-old Kyle Clifford from the Enfield area who is wanted in connection with the incident.
Armed police search Lavender Hill Cemetery in Enfield (Picture: James Linsell Clark/SWNS)
Armed police search Lavender Hill Cemetery in Enfield, as the hunt Kyle Clifford (26), the suspect in a triple murder case continues. July 10, 2024. Release date ? July 10, 2024. Detectives investigating a triple murder which occurred in Bushey, Hertfordshire, yesterday evening (Tuesday 9 July) are actively seeking a man who is wanted in connection with the incident. Police were called to a property in Ashlyn Close just before 7pm. Officers attended alongside the ambulance service and on arrival, found three women with serious injuries. Sadly, despite their best efforts, the women, who are believed to be related, died a short time later at the scene. Police have since been searching throughout the night for 26-year-old Kyle Clifford from the Enfield area who is wanted in connection with the incident.
The area has been at the centre of the search for suspect Kyle Clifford (Picture: James Linsell Clark/SWNS)

‘Dozens’ of police searched property in Enfield

Residents in Enfield have said around a dozen police searched a house in Rendlesham Road earlier today.

He said: “It was quite the shock seeing all the guns and dogs, the road went from quiet to manic out of nowhere.

“They were shouting ‘armed police’ and pointing their guns so it was clearly quite a serious matter.

“I don’t really know who lives there, I’ve never seen the guy the police are after.”

Mourners begin laying flowers at cordon

Mourners have started laying flowers by the police cordon in Ashlyn Close.

A woman delivers floral tributes near to the scene in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire, where the wife and two daughters of a BBC sports commentator have been killed in a crossbow attack at their home. Carol Hunt, 61, who was married to BBC Five Live racing commentator John Hunt, and two of their daughters died in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire, on Tuesday evening. A manhunt has been launched for Kyle Clifford, 26, from Enfield, north London, who is wanted by detectives investigating the murders of the three women. Picture date: Wednesday July 10, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Bushey. Photo credit should read: James Manning/PA Wire
A woman delivers floral tributes (Picture: PA)
Floral tributes left near to the scene in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire, where the wife and two daughters of a BBC sports commentator have been killed in a crossbow attack at their home. Carol Hunt, 61, who was married to BBC Five Live racing commentator John Hunt, and two of their daughters died in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire, on Tuesday evening. A manhunt has been launched for Kyle Clifford, 26, from Enfield, north London, who is wanted by detectives investigating the murders of the three women. Picture date: Wednesday July 10, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Bushey. Photo credit should read: James Manning/PA Wire
Floral tributes left near to the scene in Ashlyn Close, Bushey (Picture: PA)

Huge armed police presence in Enfield as manhunt continues

Armed police use bolt cutters to gain access to the Enfield Council, Cooks Hole Allotment site in Enfield, as the hunt Kyle Clifford (26), the suspect in a triple murder case continues. July 10, 2024. Release date ? July 10, 2024. Detectives investigating a triple murder which occurred in Bushey, Hertfordshire, yesterday evening (Tuesday 9 July) are actively seeking a man who is wanted in connection with the incident. Police were called to a property in Ashlyn Close just before 7pm. Officers attended alongside the ambulance service and on arrival, found three women with serious injuries. Sadly, despite their best efforts, the women, who are believed to be related, died a short time later at the scene. Police have since been searching throughout the night for 26-year-old Kyle Clifford from the Enfield area who is wanted in connection with the incident.
Armed police use bolt cutters to gain access to the Enfield Council, Cooks Hole Allotment site in Enfield (Picture: SWNS)
Armed police use bolt cutters to gain access to the Enfield Council, Cooks Hole Allotment site in Enfield, as the hunt Kyle Clifford (26), the suspect in a triple murder case continues. July 10, 2024. Release date ? July 10, 2024. Detectives investigating a triple murder which occurred in Bushey, Hertfordshire, yesterday evening (Tuesday 9 July) are actively seeking a man who is wanted in connection with the incident. Police were called to a property in Ashlyn Close just before 7pm. Officers attended alongside the ambulance service and on arrival, found three women with serious injuries. Sadly, despite their best efforts, the women, who are believed to be related, died a short time later at the scene. Police have since been searching throughout the night for 26-year-old Kyle Clifford from the Enfield area who is wanted in connection with the incident.
Armed police officers searing in Enfield (Picture: SWNS)
Armed police use bolt cutters to gain access to the Enfield Council, Cooks Hole Allotment site in Enfield, as the hunt Kyle Clifford (26), the suspect in a triple murder case continues. July 10, 2024. Release date ? July 10, 2024. Detectives investigating a triple murder which occurred in Bushey, Hertfordshire, yesterday evening (Tuesday 9 July) are actively seeking a man who is wanted in connection with the incident. Police were called to a property in Ashlyn Close just before 7pm. Officers attended alongside the ambulance service and on arrival, found three women with serious injuries. Sadly, despite their best efforts, the women, who are believed to be related, died a short time later at the scene. Police have since been searching throughout the night for 26-year-old Kyle Clifford from the Enfield area who is wanted in connection with the incident.
The manhunt has continued through the night into this afternoon (Picture: SWNS)
Armed police use bolt cutters to gain access to the Enfield Council, Cooks Hole Allotment site in Enfield, as the hunt Kyle Clifford (26), the suspect in a triple murder case continues. July 10, 2024. Release date ? July 10, 2024. Detectives investigating a triple murder which occurred in Bushey, Hertfordshire, yesterday evening (Tuesday 9 July) are actively seeking a man who is wanted in connection with the incident. Police were called to a property in Ashlyn Close just before 7pm. Officers attended alongside the ambulance service and on arrival, found three women with serious injuries. Sadly, despite their best efforts, the women, who are believed to be related, died a short time later at the scene. Police have since been searching throughout the night for 26-year-old Kyle Clifford from the Enfield area who is wanted in connection with the incident.
Police have warned suspect Clifford may still be armed (Picture: SWNS)

Home Secretary ‘swiftly considering’ findings of review into crossbow laws

The Home Secretary is urgently considering the findings of a Home Office review to see if tougher crossbow laws need to be introduced in the wake of the deaths of the wife and two daughters of racing commentator John Hunt.

A department spokeswoman said: ‘This is an appalling incident and the Home Secretary is being kept updated by the police.

‘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.’

Suspect Kyle Clifford served in Armed Forces

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed triple murder prime suspect Kyle Clifford served briefly in the Armed Forces.

A Whitehall source told The Telegraph: ‘He didn’t serve very long and he is no longer a serving member of the armed forces.

‘We’re not going to speculate which regiment or unit he was in, but look at his age. He didn’t serve very long.’

Murders of BBC commentator John Hunt’s wife and daughters ‘utterly devastating’, broadcaster tells staff

As part of a note sent to BBC 5 Live staff on Wednesday, the organisation described the incident which involved the deaths of the wife and daughters of racing commentator John Hunt as ‘utterly devastating’.

The note read: ‘The news today about John Hunt’s family is utterly devastating.

‘Our thoughts are with John and his family at this incredibly difficult time and we will provide him with all the support we can.’

‘Racing loves you’: Figures from world of racing post messages of condolence to John Hunt

Messages of condolence were posted on social media by figures from the racing world.

ITV racing commentator Matt Chapman wrote in an entry on X: ‘No words needed for what has happened to @HuntyCaller and family today.

‘Impossible to comprehend the pain. Just know we are all here for you John. We love you pal – racing loves you.’

The Amateur Jockeys Association of Great Britain and Beverley Racecourse were among others sending their sympathies.

Broadcaster and racing commentator Mike Vince says his ‘heart bleeds’ for Mr Hunt following the ‘shattering’ news.

He said the BBC Five Live commentator is ‘one of the best broadcasting professionals’ and ‘one of the nicest members of the human race’.

Pictured: Wife of BBC racing commentator killed with their two daughters in crossbow attack

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Carol Hunt, 61, who was married to BBC Five Live racing commentator John Hunt, and two of their daughters died in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire, on Tuesday evening
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The BBC confirmed that Mr Hunt’s wife and two daughters had died

The BBC confirmed that Mr Hunt’s wife and two daughters had died, in a post on the broadcaster’s news website.

Their daughters have been named in widespread reporting as Hannah Hunt, 28, and 25-year-old Louise Hunt.

***AWAITING ID*** Bushey murder victims Louise Hunt: https://www.facebook.com/louisehunt99/friends?locale=en_GB
Louise Hunt is the ex-girlfriend of suspect Kyle Clifford, reports say (Picture: Facebook)
***AWAITING ID*** Bushey murder victims Sister Hannah Hunt https://www.facebook.com/hannah.hunt.102?locale=en_GB
Hannah Hunt, sister of Louise and daughter of John (Picture: Facebook)

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