Wife and two daughters of BBC racing commentator killed in UK crossbow attack – The Irish Times

Wife and two daughters of BBC racing commentator killed in UK crossbow attack – The Irish Times

British police have issued a direct appeal for potential triple murder suspect Kyle Clifford to “make contact” as a manhunt continues.

The victims were the wife and two daughters of a BBC sports commentator. Carol Hunt, who was married to BBC Five Live racing commentator John Hunt, and two of their daughters were killed in a crossbow attack at their home in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire, on Tuesday night.

Clifford, from Enfield, north London, is wanted over the deaths of women aged 25, 28 and 61.

Hertfordshire Police Chief Superintendent Jon Simpson told reporters the killings would be “targeted” and that police had warned the public not to approach the suspect who “may be in possession of a crossbow”.

Kyle Clifford (26) is wanted in connection with the murders of three women in Bushey. Photograph: Hertfordshire Police/PA Wire

He said: “Our primary focus today is to protect public safety and locate Kyle Clifford, who is wanted in connection with the murder of the three women in what we believe to be a targeted incident.

“We have significant police resources deployed across various locations in north London as well as the Bushey area.

“The manhunt also involves armed police and specialist search teams responding quickly to what was a horrific incident involving what is currently believed to be a crossbow, but other weapons may also have been used.”

Addressing Clifford directly, he said: “Kyle, if you see or hear this, please contact the police.”

Mr Simpson repeatedly told members of the public not to approach the suspect but to call 999 if they saw him.

Investigators believe Clifford could be in Hertfordshire or north London.

Armed officers raided an address in Rendlesham Road, Enfield, on Wednesday morning as searches continued.

Hertfordshire Police said they were investigating whether their officers had any contact with the victims or Clifford before the killings.

A neighbor described hearing screams coming from the suburban home where the three women died Tuesday.

The 46-year-old, who works in media and lives near the scene of the crash but asked not to be named, said “absolute chaos” then broke out as armed police blocked the road.

She said: “It was between 6.30pm and 7pm last night and it sounded like children, someone screaming, then it got louder and I thought ‘that’s definitely a woman screaming’, and within 15 minutes it was absolute chaos.

“Armed police came running, shouting ‘stay home’… they cut us off from the world and practically locked us in.”

Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said she was being kept fully informed of developments in the investigation into the “truly shocking” deaths.

Police and emergency medical teams, including two air ambulances, were sent to try to save the women, but they all died at the scene.

The East of England Ambulance Service said three ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance and the Hazardous Area Response Team were also sent to the scene.

The previous government had considered toughening crossbow laws after would-be assassin Jaswant Singh Chail was encouraged by an AI chatbot to enter Windsor Castle on Christmas Day 2021 with a loaded crossbow to kill the late queen.

Currently, you do not need a permit to carry a crossbow, but it is illegal to carry one in public without a reasonable excuse. – PA