BBC star's wife and two daughters 'killed in crossbow attack' as police launch manhunt

A huge manhunt is underway after three women - understood to be the wife and daughters of a BBC sports commentator - were murdered in Hertfordshire. Police are looking for Kyle Clifford, 26, in connection with the incident, which happened in Bushey on Tuesday (July 9).

Officers and paramedics were called to a property in Ashlyn Close just before 7pm and found three women with "serious injuries" on arrival, Hertfordshire Police said. "Sadly, despite their best efforts, the women, who are believed to be related, died a short time later at the scene," the force added.

They have since been searching for Clifford, who is from the Enfield area, throughout the night. Here's everything we know so far:

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Who were the victims?

It understood that the victims were the wife - named as Carol Hunt - and two daughters of BBC Five Live racing commentator John Hunt, who according to reports had been working for the BBC racing on Tuesday and may have raised the alarm when he returned home.

Hertfordshire Police has not yet confirmed the identities of the victims, but confirmed in a press conference on Wednesday lunchtime that the women were believed to be related to each other and were aged 25, 28 and 61. Join our WhatsApp news community here for the latest breaking news

'Crossbow' believed to be involved

Chief Superintendent Jon Simpson said the incident involved what is "believed to be a crossbow but other weapons may also have been used." He also said the incident was thought to be "targeted."

The force has warned the public Clifford may still have weapons on him. In an initial public appeal, Detective Superintendent Rob Hall from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit said: "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."

This warning was reiterated in the press conference, with Chief Superintendent Jon Simpson saying "our overarching objective today is to protect public safety and to locate Kyle Clifford."

'Extensive' police resources deployed

Police are "actively seeking" Clifford, who they believe is could be in the areas of Hertfordshire or North London. "We have extensive police resources deployed to various locations in north London and also the Bushey area," said Chief Superintendent Jon Simpson. "The manhunt also involves armed police officers and specialist search teams responding at pace in the wake of what has been a horrific incident."

Clifford urged to hand himself in

Kyle Clifford is wanted by police
Kyle Clifford is wanted by police -Credit:Herts Police

In the press conference, Chief Superintendent Jon Simpson addressed the suspect directly, telling him: "Kyle, if you are seeing or hearing this, please make contact with the police via 999."

The force has also urged anyone in the area to come forward with information that could help their investigation. “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," said Detective Superintendent Rob Hall in a statement.

“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.”

People can report information that could help this investigation, quoting "Op Infauna", by filling out Hertfordshire Police's online reporting form, speaking to an operator in their Force Communications Room via online web chat, or calling 101. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or by visiting