LIVE: ‘Crossbow killer’ caught by police after descending on north London cemetery following ‘triple murder’

10 July 2024, 10:03 | Updated: 10 July 2024, 18:29

Full story: Manhunt launched after three women from the same family killed in horror triple murder at Hertfordshire home

A huge manhunt is ongoing for Kyle Clifford,
A huge manhunt is ongoing for Kyle Clifford,. Picture: Police/LBC/Social Media
Kieran Kelly

By Kieran Kelly

Police hunting a 'crossbow killer' following the triple murder of a mother and her two daughters have descended on a cemetery in north London.

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A manhunt was launched after the wife and two daughters of horse racing commentators John Hunt were murdered at their family home in Hertfordshire last night.

Police are urgently searching for 26-year-old Kyle Clifford who is wanted in connection to the incident, which took place in Ashlyn Close, Bushey.

Hertfordshire police warned Clifford, who is from Enfield, London, "may still be in possession of a weapon" which they believe is a crossbow.

61-year-old Carol Hunt, her 28-year-old daughter, Hannah, and Louise, 25, were discovered on Ashlyn Close in Bushey, sparking the major manhunt.

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Triple Murder: What we know so far

  • Hertfordshire Police have launched a manhunt for 26-year-old Kyle Clifford in connection with the murder of three women aged 25, 28 and 61 at home in Bushey
  • The victims are understood to be the wife and daughters of horse racing commentator John Hunt
  • Suspect 'armed with crossbow,' police believe
  • They were called to the home just after 7pm last night, where the three women were found seriously injured.
  • All three women, who are believed to be related, succumbed to their injuries.
  • Cops have said Clifford "may still be in possession of a weapon" and warned the public not to approach him. 
  • If you have any information regarding his whereabouts, contact 999 immediately. 

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Kyle Clifford found by police in Enfield area

Clifford is receiving medical treatment having been found with injuries, police said.

No shots were fired by police. 

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."

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

Home Sec considering findings of review to see if tougher crossbow laws need to be introduced

A Home Office spokesperson 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."

Huge surge in police activity in Enfield

There has been a huge surge in police activity in the search for Clifford near the Hilly Fields area in Enfield.

Emergency services were seen rushing to a cemetery, with an air ambulance also flying overhead.

Dozens of specialist counter terror officers were also seen at the cemetery, along with three fire engines. 

Crossbow manhunt suspect's brother serving life sentence for murder of teenager

The man being hunted by police has a brother who is serving time in jail for a murder he committed in 2017, LBC's Fraser Knight writes. 

Bradley Clifford, of the same address on Rendlesham Road in Enfield, north London, was sentenced to life in prison after he drove his Mustang into the moped a 18-year-old was riding.

Soban Khan was killed while his passenger, Jahshua Francis, 19, was also thrown to the ground.

Bradley Clifford was found guilty of murder and attempted GBH with intent at the Old Bailey.

The 20-minute-high speed chase followed a row outside a bar where Clifford’s wing mirror had been broken.

The court heard he’d become “enraged” and began a "rapid, brutal and unrelenting" pursuit through the streets of Enfield.

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What we know so far about crossbow killings

A manhunt is underway for 26-year-old Kyle Clifford, who is wanted in connection with the murder of three women in Bushey, Hertfordshire.

Police are “actively seeking” the former security guard after Radio commentator John Hunt’s wife and two adult children were killed.

Police were called to the Hunt residence on Ashlyn Close at around 7pm last night and found Carol, 61, Hannah, 28, and Louise, 25, seriously injured.

Authorities believe the three women were attacked with a crossbow before they sadly succumbed to their injuries on the scene.

Police have warned the public not to approach Clifford as he is believed to remain armed with the crossbow.

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Crossbow suspect Kyle Clifford is an ex-soldier

The man police are looking for in connection with the deaths of racing commentator John Hunt's wife and two daughters  is a former soldier, LBC has learned.

Kyle Clifford, 26, served in the army for a short time before leaving service.

He went on to work as a private security guard.

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School told pupils 'stray dog was on the loose' before locking down over manhunt

A school told pupils a "fierce, stray dog was on the loose" before locking down over the ongoing manhunt for Kyle Clifford, LBC understands.

Tributes flood in below John Hunt's latest social media posts

Tributes have been pouring in below John Hunt's social media posts after his wife and two daughters were murdered in a crossbow attack last night. 

Just days ago, Mr Hunt, who is a well-known horse racing commentator, tweeted about England's performance at the European Championships. 

Since last night's tragic attack, a number of tributes have appeared below his latest X post.

Dan Barker wrote: "If I can do anything for you in life, John, please tell me. I am so, so sorry for your loss."

Green Tick Racing added: "Sorry for your loss."

A third user added: "Praying for you John. I’m so deeply sorry for your loss."

Police search address in Enfield, north London

Armed police have searched a property in Rendlesham Road, Enfield, as the manhunt for the Kyle Clifford continues.

Officers stormed the property in the early hours of Wednesday morning, according to eyewitnesses. 

Two officers were guarding the property at 1.30pm, though a cordon that was around the property has been removed. 

An unnamed neighbour told The Telegraph: “They kept going in and out of the property carrying guns, the whole road was taped off.

“It was over quite quickly but there’s been helicopters flying around the area all day.

“I don’t recognise the suspect at all, as far as I’m concerned he didn’t live in the house.”

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