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Latest news on Kyle Clifford: Triple murder victims “were the wife and daughters of BBC racing commentator John Hunt”

Latest news on Kyle Clifford: Triple murder victims “were the wife and daughters of BBC racing commentator John Hunt”

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

The three victims of a triple murder in Hertfordshire are believed to be the wife and two daughters of BBC Five Live racing commentator John Hunt.

Three women, aged 25, 28 and 61, were found with serious injuries when officers were called to a property in Bushey on Tuesday evening.

Despite the efforts of paramedics, the women died shortly after emergency services arrived at the scene of the accident in Ashlyn Close shortly before 7 p.m., Hertfordshire Police said.

They were John Hunt’s wife, Carol, and two of their daughters, the Telegraph reported.

Police have been searching all night for 26-year-old Kyle Clifford from the Enfield area. A large-scale manhunt is currently underway in Hertfordshire and North London. He is wanted in connection with the triple murder, police said.

Police said the public was asked not to approach him because he may be carrying a crossbow, among other weapons, that may have been used in the triple murder.

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Victims were “wife and daughters of BBC racing commentator John Hunt”

The three women killed in Bushey on Tuesday are believed to be the wife and two daughters of BBC Five Live racing commentator John Hunt.

Three women, aged 25, 28 and 61, were found with serious injuries when officers were called to a property believed to be the home of Mr Hunt, who has a wife and three daughters, on Tuesday evening.

Andy GregoryJuly 10, 2024 13:55

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Rescue workers on site, police searching for Kyle Clifford

Rescue workers on site, police searching for Kyle Clifford

Andy GregoryJuly 10, 2024 13:46

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Resident says he was told to stay inside because they feared a “man with a crossbow on the loose”

Simon Powler, 49, a tennis coach who lives near the crime scene in Bushey, said: “I was told to go inside because there was a possible man with a crossbow.”

When asked how he felt about the situation, he said: “I am a realist when it comes to what goes on behind closed doors.

“It is shocking though – I pride myself on the fact that we live close enough to Watford to walk and close enough to London. And although it is really scary and sad, we still live in a beautiful area.

“I don’t know what made this person so crazy.”

Andy GregoryJuly 10, 2024 13:32

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Triple murder will send shockwaves through community, says Police and Crime Commissioner

Jonathan Ash-Edwards, Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “My thoughts are with the families and friends of the women who were shockingly killed in this horrific incident in Bushey.

“It will no doubt send shockwaves through the local community and across Hertfordshire.

“I will be kept updated by the police and urge the public to assist the police with any information regarding the whereabouts of the named suspect.”

Andy GregoryJuly 10, 2024 13:17

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Watch: Police urge triple murder suspect Kyle Clifford to call 999

Police appeal directly to triple murder suspect Kyle Clifford to call 999

Andy GregoryJuly 10, 2024 13:02

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New press release from the police in full

Here is the full statement from Superintendent Jon Simpson at the press conference held moments ago:

“Police were called to a property in Ashlyn Close just before 7pm last night. Officers attended the scene alongside colleagues from East of England Ambulance Service and found three women with serious injuries on arrival.

“Despite our best efforts, the women – who are believed to be related – unfortunately died at the scene a short time later. The victims are 25, 28 and 61 years old. Our primary objective today is to protect public safety and locate Kyle Clifford, who is wanted in connection with the murder of the three women. We believe this was a targeted incident.

“We have extensive police resources deployed in various locations across north London and also in the Bushey area of ​​Hertfordshire. The manhunt also involves armed police officers and specialist search teams who are responding rapidly to this horrific incident which is currently understood to have involved a crossbow, but other weapons may have been used.

“If members of the public see Kyle Clifford they are urged not to approach him at any time and to call 999 immediately. Kyle, if you see or hear this please contact police on 999.

“In addition to the immediate search operation, a full criminal investigation has been launched and we are appealing to the public for any information relating to this incident. This incident will obviously be of concern to local residents. Additional local officers will be in the area today, so please speak to them if you need anything.”

(Sky News screenshot)

Andy GregoryJuly 10, 2024 12:47

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Suspect is asked to contact the police

Kyle Clifford was asked to contact the police.

In a direct appeal to the person subject to the current manhunt, Superintendent Jon Simpson said: “Kyle, if you see or hear this, please contact police on 999.”

Forensic investigators at the crime scene in Ashlyn Close
Forensic investigators at the crime scene in Ashlyn Close (James Manning/PA)

Andy GregoryJuly 10, 2024 12:43

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According to police, other weapons may have been used in addition to the crossbow

According to police, weapons other than a crossbow may have been used in the triple murder.

Superintendent Jon Simpson said at a press conference: “Our primary objective today is to protect public safety and locate Kyle Clifford, who is wanted in connection with the murder of the three women. We believe this is a targeted incident.

“We have extensive police resources deployed at various locations in north London and also in the Bushey area of ​​Hertfordshire.

“Armed police and specialist search teams are also involved in the manhunt and are responding urgently to this horrific incident. The incident is currently believed to have involved a crossbow, but other weapons may have been used.”

Andy GregoryJuly 10, 2024 12:41

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Police reveal ages of three victims of triple murder in Bushey

The three female victims of the triple murder are aged 25, 28 and 61, Hertsfordshire Police Chief Jon Simpson said at a press conference.

Andy GregoryJuly 10, 2024 12:40

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Resident says he heard screams before “absolute chaos” broke out in Ashlyn Close

A resident of Ashlyn Close in Bushey, where police are investigating the murders of three women, said he heard screams on Tuesday night as the “absolutely traumatic” incident unfolded.

The 46-year-old, who did not want to give his name but works in media, said: “It was between 6.30 and 7pm last night and it literally just sounded like children, like someone screaming and then it got more shrill and I thought, ‘That’s definitely a woman screaming’ and within 15 minutes it was absolute chaos.

“Armed police came running and shouted, ‘Stay in your house’… They denied us access and basically locked us in.”

The resident said several ambulances, helicopters and “at least 16 police cars” quickly arrived on the scene, and armed police went door to door to question residents, requesting doorbell camera footage and telling them to stay in their homes.

The woman said she was upset and stressed to know that a man wanted in connection with the triple murder was still at large, adding: “It’s really, really upsetting to think that this happened so close to home and none of us knew and none of us could help.”

“I think it’s just absolutely traumatic for the family involved, for everyone.

“I think the stressful thing about it is that it happened right at the time when a lot of families like to get together, between 6 and 7 p.m. People were probably cooking for their children and getting them ready for bed. And we were all standing in a narrow little street and had no idea of ​​the trauma and tragic circumstances that other people were going through at that time.”

Andy GregoryJuly 10, 2024 12:31