John Hunt: Suspect in crossbow murder after attack on BBC racing commentator’s wife and daughters


A suspect wanted in connection with the triple murder of a BBC journalist’s wife and two daughters was found by British police on Wednesday following a manhunt.

The hunt for Kyle Clifford, 26, began on Tuesday night when police were called to a house in Bushey, Hertfordshire, where they found three women seriously injured.

Carol Hunt, 61, wife of BBC racing commentator John Hunt, and their daughters, Hannah Hunt, 28, and Louise Hunt, 25, later died from their injuries, police and Britain’s public broadcaster said in statements on Wednesday.

A crossbow is believed to have been used in the “targeted incident,” police said, adding that other weapons may also have been used.

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BBC racing commentator John Hunt and his wife Carol.

Clifford, who police have warned may have been armed with a crossbow, was found in Enfield, north London, on Wednesday afternoon and is receiving treatment for his injuries, Hertfordshire Police said in a statement.

“A man wanted in connection with a triple murder in Bushey has been located at a location in north London. Following an extensive search, officers found Kyle Clifford, 26, in the Enfield area this afternoon (Wednesday 10 July),” the statement read.

“At this stage, we believe the suspect was known to the victims.”

Clifford will leave the British Army in 2022 after a short tour of duty, a British Ministry of Defense source told CNN. He joined the forces in 2019 and served in the Household Cavalry, his former military chief told CNN.

The killings shocked Britain, where mass murders are rare but the government has labelled violence against women a national threat.

A woman is killed by a man every three days in the UK and one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls Reem Alsalem said earlier this year.

“Embraced patriarchy at almost every level of society, combined with a rise in misogyny that permeates the physical and online world, is denying thousands of women and girls across the UK the right to live safely, free from fear and violence,” Alsalem said in February.

The BBC described the women’s murders as “absolutely devastating” in a statement to its staff. The broadcaster said it would give Hunt “all the support I can” as part of a note sent to BBC Radio 5 Live staff.

“Today’s news about John Hunt’s family is absolutely devastating,” he said. “Our thoughts are with John and his family at this incredibly difficult time and we will provide all the support we can.”

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Police and emergency services at the scene of the murders in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England, on July 10, 2024.

British Home Secretary Yvette Cooper expressed her condolences following the killings.

“The loss of the lives of three women in Bushey last night is truly shocking. My thoughts are with the family and friends of those who have been killed and with the community,” Cooper wrote on X on Wednesday.

“I am being kept up to date. I would urge people to support Hertfordshire Police with any information on this case.”

A neighbour of the women said she “saw them passing by every day and they would say good morning to them,” according to PA Media.

“It’s really sad what happened, very shocking,” he added.

In Britain, it is legal for anyone over 18 to buy or own a crossbow, although anyone carrying one in public without a reasonable excuse can be jailed. In February, the previous government began an eight-week review of the rules and the possibility of introducing a licensing system.

This story has been updated with additional information.

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