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BBC racing commentator John Hunt’s family murdered in Bushey



BBC racing commentator John Hunt’s family murdered in Bushey

By Katy Prickett & James HoreBBC News, Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire Police Kyle Clifford dressed in a dark suit and tie, with a beard and brown eyes Hertfordshire Police

Detectives are searching for Kyle Clifford, 26, and are appealing for anyone who knows where he is to contact them

Three women killed in a Hertfordshire home were the wife and two daughters of BBC racing commentator John Hunt, it has been confirmed.

Carol Hunt, 61, and two of the couple’s daughters, aged 28 and 25, were found seriously injured at a property in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, just before 19:00 BST on Tuesday, and all died at the scene.

A search is under way to find Kyle Clifford, 26, from the Enfield area, who is wanted in connection with the deaths. He is believed to be in Hertfordshire or north London and in possession of a crossbow.

Ch Supt Jon Simpson told a press conference at Hatfield police station that the deaths were being treated as murders, no arrests had been made at this stage and “other weapons may also have been used”.

Supplied John Hunt in a white shirt, smiling, as his wife looks towards him as she laughsSupplied

BBC racing commentator John Hunt’s wife, Carol, was killed

Ch Supt Simpson told reporters: “Our overarching objective today is to protect public safety and to locate Kyle Clifford who is wanted in connection with the murder of the three women in what we believe is a targeted incident.”

He then directly appealed to Mr Clifford.

“Kyle, if you are seeing or hearing this, please make contact with the police via 999.”

Extensive resources have been deployed across north London and the Bushey area.

Armed police and specialist search teams are involved in the manhunt which is “responding at pace in the wake of what has been an horrific incident”, he added.

Dawid Wojtowicz/BBC A police officer and police car with police tape cordoning off a street of 1960s style red-brick housesDawid Wojtowicz/BBC

Officers were called to Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire, just before 19:00 BST on Tuesday

PA Media Police officer in white shirt speaks to gathered press outside police stationPA Media

Ch Supt Jon Simpson made a direct plea to the suspect Kyle Clifford to make contact with the police

Police said the three victims were believed to be related and asked for the privacy of the families to be respected.

Det Supt Rob Hall earlier said: “Whilst we are still in the early stages of this investigation, we are actively seeking Kyle Clifford who we believe could be in the areas of Hertfordshire or north London.

“Given the serious nature of the incident, I would ask anyone who knows where he is to contact police immediately.

“If you believe you see him, please do not approach him and dial 999 straight away. He may still be in possession of a weapon.”

He also appealed for anyone who was in the area of Ashlyn Close between lunchtime and 19:00 on Tuesday, and who may have something to assist the investigation, to get in touch.

Dawid Wojtowicz/BBC The side of a police car in front of two police officers conferring over police tape cordoning off a road of new build and red brick housesDawid Wojtowicz/BBC

Ashlyn Close has been cordoned off by police officers

Local councillor Louise Nicolas wrote in a post on Facebook that she was “deeply saddened to learn this morning of the tragic news that three women have lost their lives in a violent incident”.

“Should anyone wish to speak with us or require any support please do not hesitate to get in touch,” said Ms Nicolas, a Liberal Democrat who represents the North Bushey ward on Hertsmere Borough Council.

“It goes without saying that this is a live investigation, so speculation as to the circumstances should not be entered into [on public forums].”

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