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Wife and two daughters of BBC racing commentator killed in crossbow attack

Wife and two daughters of BBC racing commentator killed in crossbow attack

The wife and two daughters of a BBC sports commentator have been killed in a crossbow attack on their home.

Carol Hunt, 61, who was married to BBC 5 Live racing commentator John Hunt, and two of their daughters died in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire, on Tuesday evening, according to PA.

A massive manhunt has been launched for their suspected killer, Kyle Clifford, 26, who police believe is armed and is believed to be in Hertfordshire or north London.

The BBC confirmed that Mr Hunt’s wife and two daughters had died, in a message posted on the channel’s news website.

Messages of condolence have been posted on social media by personalities from the racing world.

ITV racing commentator Matt Chapman wrote in an entry on X, formerly Twitter: “No words are needed for what happened to @HuntyCaller and his family today.

“Can’t understand the pain. Just know we’re all here for you, John. We love you, mate – racing loves you.”

The Amateur Jockeys’ Association of Great Britain and Beverley Racecourse have sent their condolences.

Armed police raided a house in Rendlesham Road, Enfield, on Wednesday morning as the search for Clifford continued.

He is wanted in connection with the deaths of Mrs Hunt and two of her daughters, aged 25 and 28.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Chief Superintendent Jon Simpson of Hertfordshire Police told reporters the killings would be “targeted”.

Police also warned the public not to approach the suspect who “may be in possession of a crossbow.”

He said: “Our primary focus today is to protect public safety and locate Kyle Clifford, who is wanted in connection with the murder of the three women in what we believe to be a targeted incident.

“We have significant police resources deployed across various locations in north London as well as the Bushey area.

“The manhunt also involves armed police and specialist search teams responding quickly to what was a horrific incident involving what is currently believed to be a crossbow, but other weapons may also have been used.”

Addressing Clifford directly, he said: “Kyle, if you see or hear this, please contact the police.”

Investigators believe Clifford could be in Hertfordshire or north London.

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

A neighbor described hearing screams coming from the suburban home where the three women died Tuesday.

The 46-year-old, who works in media and lives near the scene of the crash but asked not to be named, said “absolute chaos” then broke out as armed police blocked the road.

She told the PA news agency: “It was between 6.30pm and 7pm last night and it sounded like children, someone screaming, then it got louder and I thought, ‘That’s definitely a woman screaming’, and within 15 minutes it was absolute chaos.

“Armed police came running, shouting ‘stay home’… they cut us off from the world and practically locked us in.”

Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said she was being kept fully informed of developments in the investigation into the “truly shocking” deaths.

Police and emergency medical teams, including two air ambulances, were sent to try to save the women, who were related, but they all died at the scene.

The previous government had considered toughening crossbow laws after would-be assassin Jaswant Singh Chail was encouraged by an AI chatbot to enter Windsor Castle on Christmas Day 2021 with a loaded crossbow to kill the late queen.

Currently, you do not need a licence to own a crossbow, but it is illegal to carry one in public without a reasonable excuse.

Published: by Radio NewsHub