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BBC Commentator’s Wife, Daughters Killed In Crossbow Attack; Suspect Caught

Last Updated 6 days by Amnon J. Jobi | Amnon Front Page

The wife and two daughters of a BBC horseracing commentator have been killed in a crossbow attack, with police capturing the suspect after a day-long manhunt.

British police were called to the home of commentator John Hunt in Bushey, Hertfordshire, around 7 p.m. local time on Tuesday. Once there, police discovered three women with serious injuries, Deadline reported.

“Sadly, despite our best efforts, the women died a short time later, at the scene,” Chief Superintendent Jon Simpson told reporters after the incident. “Our overarching objective today is to protect the public and locate Kyle Clifford, who is wanted in connection with the murder of the three women in what we believe is a targeted incident.”

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Clifford is a former soldier and the ex-boyfriend of one of the slain women.

Armed police and search teams looked for Clifford throughout Wednesday, finally capturing him in the evening without incident.

“Following an extensive search, Kyle Clifford, aged 26, was found in the Enfield area by officers this afternoon,” Herts Police Department said in a statement, according to Deadline. “He is receiving medical treatment having been found with injuries. No shots were fired by police.”

Detective Inspector Justine Jenkins, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, told reporters following Clifford’s capture that “the suspect has been located and nobody else is being sought in connection with the investigation at this time.”

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The Independent reported that “swarms” of officers were seen raiding a home in Rendlesham Road, Enfield, on Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday evening, a woman connected to Clifford was questioned in a home near Lavender Hill,

The three female victims were identified as Hunt’s wife, Carol, 61; his daughter Hannah, 28; and another daughter Louise, 25.

Police have said the attack was carried out with a crossbow and possibly other weapons, according to BBC.

Jacqueline Ball told the BBC earlier Wednesday that schools in the area were in “lockdown,” and children were being kept indoors while police searched for Clifford. Other parents told the outlet they were given specific times, which were staggered, for when they could pick up their children from school.

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The attack comes as Britain’s Home Office is looking to tighten laws on citizens owning crossbows, even though fewer than 10 crossbow attacks occurred between 2011 and 2021. Despite this, the department said it was “clear that when used as a weapon, crossbows do pose a risk.”

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