Manhunt underway in Britain for suspected crossbow murderer, 3 women killed – National

Manhunt underway in Britain for suspected crossbow murderer, 3 women killed – National

A manhunt is underway in the UK for a suspect accused of murdering three women with a crossbow in a house north of London.

Hertfordshire Police are searching for 26-year-old Kyle Clifford, who authorities believe killed three women in the town of Bushey on Tuesday evening.

The names of the victims, aged 25, 28 and 61, were not released by police, but they are believed to be related.

The BBC has identified the women as the wife and two daughters of BBC radio commentator John Hunt.

Authorities said they responded to an emergency call from a home in the Ashlyn Close neighborhood around 7 p.m. local time on Tuesday. Emergency workers found three women seriously injured.

Despite the best efforts of the paramedics, all women died “a short time later” at the scene of the accident, police said.

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The manhunt for Clifford began Tuesday evening and continued throughout Wednesday morning.

During a press conference on Wednesday morning, police said the attack was likely “targeted.” Authorities said other weapons may have been used in the “gruesome incident” in addition to a crossbow.

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“This is an incredibly difficult incident for the victims’ family and we ask that their privacy be respected while they process what has happened,” said Det. Supt. Rob Hall of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Serious Crime Unit.

“Although we are still in the early stages of this investigation, we are actively searching for Kyle Clifford, who we believe may be in the Hertfordshire or North London areas.”

Police have asked anyone with information about Clifford or the incident to contact authorities immediately.

If Clifford is spotted, do not approach him as he may still be in possession of a weapon, Hertfordshire Police said.

Jonathan Ash-Edwards, Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said the killings would “no doubt send shockwaves through the local community and the whole of Hertfordshire”, the county to which Bushey belongs.

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Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden said he was “deeply concerned” by news of the triple murders.

“Although I am no longer the MP for this particular area due to the boundary changes, I am working to support the community during this difficult time,” Dowden wrote. “My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims.”

The investigation is ongoing.

This is a developing story. Check back later for more information.

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