Triple murder suspect found after three women were killed with a crossbow
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Triple murder suspect found after three women were killed with a crossbow

Triple murder suspect Kyle Clifford has been found in connection with the deaths of the wife and two daughters of a BBC racing commentator who were killed with a crossbow.

Clifford, 26, was found in the north London borough of Enfield on Wednesday afternoon, Hertfordshire Police said.

He is being treated at a major trauma center after injuries were found. Police said no arrests have been made yet.

Triple murder suspect found after three women were killed with a crossbowTriple murder suspect found after three women were killed with a crossbow

Forensic officers at the scene in Ashlyn Close, Bushey (James Manning/PA)

Police added that they did not fire a single shot.

Clifford was wanted in connection with the deaths of Carol Hunt, 61, wife of BBC racing commentator John Hunt, and their two daughters, Hannah, 28, and Louise, 25, in Bushey, Hertfordshire.

Officers say the man was known to the victims.

Detective Inspector Justine Jenkins, of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Serious Crime Unit, said: “This continues to be an incredibly difficult time for the victims’ families and we would ask for their privacy to continue to come to terms with what has happened.

“The investigation is ongoing and formal identification of the victims has not yet taken place.

“Following an extensive investigation, the suspect has been located and no other persons are currently being sought in connection with the investigation.”

A view of the entrance to Lavender Cemetery in Enfield, North London A view of the entrance to Lavender Cemetery in Enfield, North London

Police cordoned off the cemetery (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Footage obtained by Sky News shows Clifford being carried on a stretcher from Lavender Hill Cemetery in Enfield.

The cemetery, which is close to the house where the search was carried out, had earlier been surrounded by armed police officers and ambulance personnel.

The cemetery was closed, an emergency medical service helicopter was seen nearby.

A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews and the London Ambulance Service attended the scene of an incident at Lavender Hill Cemetery in Enfield this afternoon.

“We treated the man at the scene and took him to a trauma center.”

At a press conference before Clifford was found, Detective Superintendent Jon Simpson of Hertfordshire Police told reporters the killings were likely to have been “deliberate”.

While manhunting for the suspect, officers determined he was possibly armed with a crossbow and warned people not to approach him.

Map of the location where police discovered three women with fatal injuries on July 9Map of the location where police discovered three women with fatal injuries on July 9

(PA Graphics)

In a note sent to BBC 5 Live staff on Wednesday, the broadcaster said it would provide Mr Hunt with “all possible support”.

The note said: “The news today about John Hunt’s family is absolutely devastating.

“Our thoughts are with John and his family at this incredibly difficult time and we will provide him with all the support we can.”

Police said they were investigating whether officers had contact with the victims or Clifford before the killings.

Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said she was being kept up to date on progress in the investigation into the “truly shocking” deaths.

A Home Office spokeswoman said: “We constantly monitor the regulations and earlier this year we made an evidence-based request to determine whether further controls on crossbows should be introduced.

“The Home Secretary will quickly consider the findings to see if further tightening of the rules is necessary.”

A man and a woman lay flowers near the scene in Ashlyn Close, BusheyA man and a woman lay flowers near the scene in Ashlyn Close, Bushey

Tributes were left near the spot where the bodies of three women were found (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Those from the racing world took to social media to express their condolences.

Cornelius Lysaght, BBC racing correspondent, said: “I am speechless.

“Like everyone else, I feel numb and sick on John’s behalf to hear such unfathomable evil.

“Anyone who knows John knows he is the epitome of a family man, very proud of his family, so it’s impossible to predict what he might be going through.

“But I know I speak for the entire racing community and the broader sports media community that he’s been a part of for so long when I say everyone is sending him sympathy, love and support. It’s just awful.”