John Hunt family latest: Crossbow recovered and suspect Kyle Clifford remains in hospital in serious condition

‘He may still be armed’: Public urged not to approach Bushey murder suspect Kyle Clifford

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Police investigating the murders of the wife and two of the daughters of BBC racing commentator John Hunt say they have recovered a crossbow.

Following an extensive manhunt, armed police found suspect Kyle Clifford in Enfield, north London, on Wednesday night. The 26-year-old is still in hospital being treated for serious injuries, Hertfordshire Constabulary say.

Clifford’s older brother, Bradley, is serving a 23-year prison sentence for murder, after he ran over and killed a moped driver who threw a bottle at his Ford Mustang.

Police searching a house in Enfield linked to Bradley Clifford have seized what appeared to be two computer hard drives and two document bags.

Carol Hunt, 61, along with Hannah, 28, and Louise, 25, were described by devastated friends and neighbours as “beautiful souls” and “the loveliest, gentlest family” after they were discovered with fatal wounds at their home in Bushey.

Clifford is known to have served briefly in the British Army.

During the manhunt, police warned the public not to approach him.

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Colleagues send love and condolences to BBC commentator

Colleagues of John Hunt say they are heartbroken for the BBC Radio 5 Live racing commentator after the crossbow murders.

Journalist Mike Williams interrupted his sports update on BBC Radio 2’s The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, to speak about Mr Hunt’s loss.

He said: “Can I just echo your words from (Zoe) earlier in the show by sending all love, condolences and support to our much-loved BBC Sport colleague John Hunt after the unspeakable tragedy concerning his family that was in the news yesterday.

“John is a wonderful man and we of course send him all our love.”

Ball said earlier: “I must say, everyone at the BBC (is) heartbroken and deeply shocked at the news.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with John Hunt. Mark Chapman, his friend, paid (an) emotional tribute yesterday on BBC (Radio) 5 Live – we are holding you in our heart, John.”

Jane Dalton11 July 2024 19:35


Police on guard at cemetery

Police officers on Thursday were again stationed outside Lavender Hill Cemetery in Enfield, north London, where triple murder suspect Kyle Clifford, 26, was found with injuries.

(PA )

Jane Dalton11 July 2024 18:55


How easy is it to buy a crossbow online?

Deadly crossbows can be easily bought online for as little as £50, writes Jabed Ahmed:

Jane Dalton11 July 2024 18:25


Detectives say they are determined to understand what led to murders

Police say they are determined to understand what led to the murders of Carol, Hannah and Louise Hunt at their Bushey home.

Officers have confirmed they had had no previous contact with Kyle Clifford or the three murder victims.

Detective Superintendent Rob Hall, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “Our thoughts remain with the victims’ family and loved ones at this devastating and indescribable time. They are being supported by specially trained officers.

“This was an unprecedented attack and we are determined to understand the full circumstances of what happened that evening and the events leading up to it.

“This investigation, as I’m sure people can imagine, will take time.

“I’d like to reiterate my sincere thanks to the members of public who contacted us yesterday and helped with our inquiries.”

Jane Dalton11 July 2024 18:01


Watch: Rector’s church sermon

Bushey triple murders: Father David Stevenson delivers sermon at vigil

Jane Dalton11 July 2024 17:31


Crossbow murders awful, says Starmer

Prime minister Sir Keir Starmer has branded the murders “awful”.

“First let me just say how awful this is in relation to crossbows,” he said.

“The Home Secretary has announced that she will look at the legislation. There was no getting away from just how awful this is.”

Jane Dalton11 July 2024 17:00


Police seize computer hard drives

Search officers have retrieved what appeared to be two computer hard drives and two document bags from the house in Enfield believed to be linked to Kyle Clifford’s brother.

Two officers had to carry one of the hard drives, while another three members of staff bundled the other evidence into a van.

Police have been searching the house in Rendlesham Road, Enfield, since Wednesday.

Jane Dalton11 July 2024 16:43


‘Wonderful’ that tragedy has brought community together, says rector

The Rector of Bushey, who hosted a church vigil for the three victims, said their deaths had brought the community together as “one big family”.

Father David Stevenson said: “Today is very much about supporting the community.

“This might sound strange but [this tragedy] has actually strengthened the community and brought it together, which is a wonderful thing.

“We realise that we are just one big family,” he told PA.


Jane Dalton11 July 2024 16:15


Suspect too ill to be questioned

Police have not yet been able to question suspect Kyle Clifford because he is too ill, they say.

“The suspect of a triple murder in Bushey continues to receive medical treatment in a London hospital,” Hertfordshire police said.

“Kyle Clifford, who was wanted in connection with the incident, was located yesterday afternoon (10 July) following a police manhunt.

“At this stage, he is currently in a serious condition and is yet to speak with officers.”

(PA/Sky News)

Jane Dalton11 July 2024 15:48


Online fundraisers launched

Two fundraising efforts have been launched for John Hunt, who lost his wife and two of his three daughters in the Bushey murders.

A JustGiving drive had raised £1,823 by mid-afternoon on Thursday, while a GoFundMe effort had raised £155.

John and Carol Hunt
John and Carol Hunt (Supplied)

Jane Dalton11 July 2024 15:42

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