Triple murder probe with manhunt for Kyle Clifford from Enfield after three women killed in Bushey, Hertfordshire

26-year-old Kyle Clifford from Enfield in north London is wanted after three women were killed in Bushey, Hertfordshire on Tuesday, July 9, 2024 Picture released by Hertfordshire Constabulary 26-year-old Kyle Clifford from Enfield in north London is wanted after three women were killed in Bushey, Hertfordshire on Tuesday, July 9, 2024 Picture released by Hertfordshire Constabulary
26-year-old Kyle Clifford from Enfield in north London is wanted after three women were killed in Bushey, Hertfordshire on Tuesday, July 9, 2024 Picture released by Hertfordshire Constabulary | Picture released by Hertfordshire Constabulary
Detectives investigating a triple murder yesterday evening are seeking a man wanted in connection with the incident - and think he may have a crossbow with him

Police and paramedics were called to a home just before 7pm and found three women with serious injuries. The women, who are all thought to be related, died at the scene.

The gruesome scene was in a home in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire. A triple murder probe has been launched and a manhunt has been launched for Kyle Clifford, 26, from Enfield who police say is “wanted in connection with the incident”. Police have been searching through the night for him and say he may have a crossbow.

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Detective Superintendent Rob Hall from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit said: “This is an incredibly difficult incident for the victims’ family and we would ask that their privacy is respected as they come to terms with what has happened.

“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.

“Our enquires will continue over the coming days to ascertain the full circumstances of what happened but I would also like to take this opportunity appeal to anyone who was in the area around Ashlyn Close from around lunchtime on Tuesday until 7pm, and believes they may have seen anything that could assist the investigation, to contact us.

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“This incident will of course be of concern to local residents. Officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team will be in the area today so please do speak to them if you need to.”

A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said she did not know the victims well but they were a friendly family. “We would see them every day passing by and they would say good morning,” she said. “It’s really sad what’s happened, very shocking.”

Another neighbour, Riaz, who is in his 50s and declined to give his surname, said: “This has been an awful situation and I can’t even imagine what the family must be going through.”

Local councillors for the area Louise Nicolas, Alan Matthews and Paul Richards said: “We are deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic news that three women have lost their lives in a violent incident which took place in the heart of our local community. As North Bushey councillors, we extend our thoughts and condolences to their families and all those affected. We would encourage anyone who has information relevant to the inquiry to contact police.”

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The previous government had considered tightening the laws around crossbows after would-be assassin Jaswant Singh Chail was encouraged by an AI chatbot to break into Windsor Castle on Christmas Day 2021 with a loaded crossbow to kill the late Queen.

Currently there is no requirement to have a licence for a crossbow, but it is illegal to carry one in public without a reasonable excuse.

Anyone with information can report it online, speak to an operator in the Hertfordshire Police Force Communications Room via online web chat or call the non-emergency number 101, quoting Op Infauna. Details can be given anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via its untraceable online form.