Crossbow killing suspect Kyle Clifford captured after death of racing pundit John Hunt's wife and daughters

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The man suspected of killing the wife and two daughters of racing commentator John Hunt, Kyle Clifford, has been captured by police.

Kyle Clifford - suspected of killing the wife and two daughters of racing commentator John Hunt in a horrific crossbow attack - is in hospital after being found injured in a cemetery by police.

Hertfordshire Police said the 26-year-old was found in the area of the Lavender Hill Cemetery, in Enfield, on Wednesday afternoon. It followed a manhunt for the former Army recruit after the bodies believed to be Carol Hunt and daughters Hannah and Louise were found at a property in Bushey, on Tuesday night.

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Clifford is receiving medical treatment having been found with injuries, although no shots were fired by police, the force said. Earlier, the police said they believe he was known to the victims.

Detective Inspector Justine Jenkins from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “This continues to be an incredibly difficult time for the victims’ family and we would ask that their privacy is respected as they come to terms with what has happened. This investigation is moving at pace and formal identification of the victims is yet to take place.

“Following extensive inquiries, the suspect has been located and nobody else is being sought in connection with the investigation at this time.”

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In a press conference before Clifford was found, Chief Superintendent Jon Simpson from Hertfordshire Police told reporters the murders are believed to be “targeted” and that they believed Clifford to be armed with a crossbow and warned the public not to approach him.

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Meanwhile, in a note to staff after the deaths were revealed, BBC5Live said: “The news today about John Hunt’s family is utterly 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 looking at whether the force had contact with the victims or Clifford before the killings and Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper, said she is being kept fully updated about the inquiry into the “truly shocking” deaths.

“We keep legislation under constant review and a call for evidence was launched earlier this year to look at whether further controls on crossbows should be introduced,” a Home Office spokesperson said.

“The Home Secretary will swiftly consider the findings to see if laws need to be tightened further.”

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Messages of condolence were posted on social media by figures from the racing world, including from BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght, who said: “There are no words. “Like everyone else I feel numb and sick on John’s behalf at such incomprehensible evil.

“Everyone who knows John knows he is the absolute archetypal family man, so proud of them, so it’s impossible to know what he can be going through.

“But I know I’m speaking for the whole racing community and the whole wider sports media community as well, both of which he’s been part of for so long, when I say everyone is sending sympathy, love and support to him. It’s just awful.”