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Man arrested after BBC commentator’s wife and 2 daughters killed in crossbow attack in UK

Man arrested after BBC commentator’s wife and 2 daughters killed in crossbow attack in UK

London — Police in England arrested a 26-year-old man Wednesday after an hours-long manhunt following the murders of three women with a crossbow. CBS News’ affiliate BBC News said the victims were the wife and two adult daughters of John Hunt, a commentator on the network’s horse racing radio channel, BBC Racing.

Hertfordshire Police said in a statement that officers were called to a property in Bushey, northwest London, just before 7pm (2pm Eastern) on Tuesday where they found three women with serious injuries. Ambulances and other emergency services were sent to the property but all three women died at the scene, police said.

The BBC reported at around 6:30 p.m. local time (1:30 p.m. Eastern) that the subject of the manhunt, Kyle Clifford, had been found by officers in Enfield, north London, where he lived. He was arrested with unknown injuries and was receiving medical treatment. Police said no shots were fired during the arrest, the BBC reported.

A forensic officer at the scene of Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire, where three women, who police believe are related, were found seriously injured and died at the scene shortly after police and ambulance crews were called, just before 7pm on July 9, 2024.

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The network quoted Detective Justine Jenkins as saying the investigation was “well underway” and that no one else was wanted in connection with the crime.

Police had previously issued an appeal for information on Clifford’s whereabouts, but advised people not to approach him as “he may still be in possession of a weapon”.

The attack on the Hunt family home was carried out with a crossbow, Hertfordshire Police Chief Constable Jon Simpson said earlier on Wednesday, adding that other weapons may also have been used.

Police have not confirmed whether Clifford was known to the Hunt family, but they said it appeared to be a targeted attack. The victims were Carol Hunt, 61, and the couple’s two daughters, who were 25 and 28.

This is an undated photo released by Hertfordshire Police on Wednesday 10th July 2024 of Kyle Clifford, who was arrested in connection with the suspected murders of three women, involving possible use of a crossbow and other weapons, in Bushey, England.

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John Hunt, a former police officer who worked for the BBC for many years, returned home on Tuesday evening to find his wife and daughters seriously injured after the attack, British media reported.

Simpson made a direct appeal to Clifford in a television broadcast on Wednesday morning, saying: “Kyle, if you see or hear this, please get in touch” and urging him to call Britain’s 999 emergency number.

British Home Secretary Yvette Cooper, the top government official responsible for law enforcement, said in a social media post that she had been kept “fully informed” about the case and urged anyone with information to contact police.

“The loss of three women’s lives in Bushey last night is truly shocking. My thoughts are with the families and friends of those killed and with the community,” she said.

“We’re very shocked,” local councillor Laurence Brass told CBS News affiliate BBC News. “We’re not used to this in the area, it’s a typical leafy suburb of Bushey… and all of a sudden we hear there’s been three murders. Last night a helicopter landed at the top of my road, police everywhere. So I’m worried for the residents, who I think are a bit traumatised by what’s happening here.”

Crossbows are legal in the UK and no licence or registration is required to own one. However, it is illegal to carry a crossbow in public without a valid reason.