Triple murder suspect arrested near cemetery

Triple murder suspect arrested near cemetery
Triple murder suspect arrested near cemetery

Image description, Carol Hunt (left) and her daughters Louise (top right) and Hannah were killed

A suspect wanted in connection with a crossbow attack in which three women were killed has been arrested.

A large-scale police manhunt for 26-year-old Kyle Clifford ended when he was found injured near a cemetery in north London.

The victims, the wife and two daughters of BBC racing commentator John Hunt, were attacked at their home in Bushey, Hertfordshire.

  • Author, Adam Aiken
  • Role, BBC News, Hertfordshire

A woman who knows the family described them as “nice, kind and gentle” people who “always made time for others.”

Police said the suspect, who left the army two years ago after a brief stint, was receiving medical treatment for his injuries but officers “did not fire any shots.”

Image source, Hertfordshire Police

Image description, Kyle Clifford, 26, was arrested following the deaths of BBC racing commentator John Hunt’s wife and two daughters

Carol Hunt, 61, Hannah Hunt, 28, and Louise Hunt, 25, were found seriously injured at a house in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, shortly before 7pm BST on Tuesday and all died at the scene.

Luisa, 36, said she has been a customer of Louise’s dog grooming salon, Groom and Glow, for three years.

She added: “I hope they are remembered as wonderful, hard-working and kind women and not as victims.”

BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Mark Chapman sent his “love and thoughts” to fellow commentator and friend Mr Hunt after a “heartbreaking day”.

In tears, Mr Chapman said at the start of the Euro 2024 pre-show on 5 Live: “It was a heartbreaking day.

“John Hunt is our colleague and our friend, not just to the current 5 Live Sport team, but to everyone who has worked with him here over the last 20 years and also to all of you who have enjoyed his great commentary.”

A friend of Louise Hunt said he was in “denial” of her murder and was “angry, sad and shocked”.

He told BBC News: “At first I couldn’t believe what had happened.

“I heard the news from my sister early in the morning before I found out who the victims were and when I found out it was a huge shock. (I) was in denial.

“I can’t even begin to imagine what the father is going through.”

Referring to England’s victory at Euro 2024, former footballer Michael Owen posted on X: “And while the country celebrates, think of John Hunt. I can’t remember being so horrified in years. Those poor girls. Truly appalling.”

Image description, Police cordon off cemetery in Enfield

Det Insp Justine Jenkins, of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Serious Crime Unit, said: “This continues to be an incredibly difficult time for the victims’ families and we ask that their privacy is respected as they come to terms with what has happened.

“The investigation is progressing rapidly, but formal identification of the victims is still pending.”

Before the arrest, numerous armed police officers arrived at a cemetery near the site where a house was searched in Enfield.

Officials cordoned off Lavender Hill Cemetery and a rescue helicopter was spotted nearby.

Councillor Louise Nicolas had previously written in a Facebook post that she was “deeply saddened to learn the tragic news this morning that three women have lost their lives in a violent incident”.

“If anyone needs to speak to us or needs support, please do not hesitate to get in touch,” said Ms Nicolas, a Liberal Democrat who represents North Bushey on Hertsmere Borough Council.

“It goes without saying that this is an ongoing investigation, so there should be no speculation about the circumstances (in public forums).”

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