Bushey crossbow attack: Victims revealed as BBC 5 Live commentator John Hunt's wife & two daughters

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The victims of the deadly crossbow attack at their home have been revealed to be BBC 5 Live racing commentator John Hunt’s wife and two daughters.

His wife, Carol, 61, and daughters Louise, 25, and Hannah 28, were found fatally injured at their detached home in Bushey, Hertfordshire on Tuesday night (July 9).

A huge manhunt is currently underway to find suspect Kyle Clifford, 26, who is the ex-boyfriend of John’s daughter Louise. According to Daily Mail, the three women were tied up before being shot in a 'targeted attack' that may have also included 'other weapons'.

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Clifford, from Enfield, north London, is wanted over the deaths of the women who were found fatally injured in a house in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire, just after 7pm on Tuesday.

Chief Superintendent Jon Simpson of Hertfordshire Police 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. We have extensive police resources deployed to various locations in north London and also the Bushey area.

“The manhunt also involves armed police officers and specialist search teams responding at pace in the wake of what has been a horrific incident involving what is currently believed to be a crossbow, but other weapons may also have been used.”


Clifford used to work as a security guard, it has been reported, and “may still be in possession of a weapon”, Hertfordshire Police said. The public have been urged not to approach Clifford and to report any sightings to the police immediately.

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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.

Picture released by Hertfordshire Constabulary

“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 inquiries will continue over the coming days to ascertain the full circumstances of what happened, but I would also like to take this opportunity to 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.”

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Aerial shots of the scene aired on the BBC show a blue and white forensic tent in the front garden of one of the homes in the cul de sac, with a police officer on guard and several police vehicles parked nearby. Local councillor Laurence Brass, who lives nearby, said the area is “a typical leafy British suburb”.

He told the broadcaster: “At about eight o’clock last night, I was watching the football on television, and suddenly a helicopter landed in the lawn outside my flat, which is at the top of this road, and then my phone started going, and I was told that there was a major incident here in Bushey and we should all keep away because there was somebody apparently on the run.

“This is not something that happens in Bushey. We can’t remember a murder in our rather quiet neck of the woods, so (it’s a) terrible shock and our sympathies and prayers and thoughts are with the families of the three women.

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“That really is a terrible thing to happen to anybody, and I’ve gathered they’re all from the same family, which obviously makes it even more tragic, and we’ll do everything we can as the local council to add our source of comfort where we can.”

Hunt is a well-known BBC Radio 5 Live commentator who specialises in horse racing and other sports. Starting off his career as a police officer in Kilburn, North London, Hunt’s wife discovered an advertisement for a trainee broadcaster position at Ladbrokes. He secured the job, starting with greyhound commentaries.

In addition to his racing commentary, Hunt has covered a range of sports for the BBC, including the Olympics and the FA Cup. He made his television football commentary debut on BBC’s "Match of the Day," where he had the opportunity to commentate on his favourite team, West Ham United.

BBC 5 Live: ‘Utterly devastating’

As part of a note sent to BBC 5 Live staff on Wednesday, the organisation described the incident which involved the deaths of the wife and daughters of racing commentator John Hunt as “utterly devastating”.

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The note read: “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.”