Crossbow murder hunt as armed police swarm cemetery

Armed officers have been seen combing local allotments and a cemetery after the wife and daughters of BBC sport commentator John Hunt were murdered in their own home in a leafy town.

A manhunt is underway after Carol Hunt, 61, Hannah Hunt, 28, and Louise Hunt, 25, were discovered with fatal injuries by Mr Hunt.

It's understood John returned to the family home in Bushey, Hertfordshire, from his work at BBC Five Live racing on Tuesday evening - and despite the efforts of emergency services the three women all died at the scene.

Armed police use bolt cutters to gain access to the Enfield Council, Cooks Hole Allotment site in Enfield, in the hunt for Kyle Clifford
Armed police use bolt cutters to gain access to the Enfield Council, Cooks Hole Allotment site in Enfield, in the hunt for Kyle Clifford -Credit:James Linsell Clark / SWNS

Main suspect Kyle Clifford, 26, is being hunted by police following the gruesome discovery and officers have warned he is believed to armed with a crossbow and other weapons.

Clifford is from Enfield and police have been seen swarming allotments with an ambulance seen at a nearby cemetery in the area this afternoon.

BBC commentator John Hunt
BBC commentator John Hunt -Credit:X

Witnesses spotted an ambulance arriving at the Lavender Hill cemetery in North London which was being searched by armed police.

Footage posted on social media appeared to show emergency services rushing towards a cemetery in the Hilly Fields area of Enfield, north London, as the manhunt for Kyle Clifford continued. Armed police could also be seen in the video, with Hertfordshire Police saying they were unable to confirm whether they had narrowed their search for the triple murder suspect to the area.

John Hunt with wife Carol
John Hunt with wife Carol -Credit:Facebook

An ambulance with blue lights was later seen leaving the cemetery — which is a four minute walk from Kyle Clifford’s home address. Armed officers could be seen guarding the gates while an air ambulances circled above the graveyard. Emergency services have not made any confirmation whether the ambulance is connected to the search.

Cops believe he could be anywhere in the Hertfordshire or North London area but have urged anyone who sees him to stay wary and to phone 999 immediately, with a spokeswoman for the force later specifying that Clifford "may be in possession of a crossbow”.

Louise Hunt, Carol Hunt and Hannah Hunt
Louise Hunt, Carol Hunt and Hannah Hunt -Credit:Facebook

Chief Superintendent Jon Simpson said the attack last night in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire was a "targeted incident " and Clifford was "wanted in connection with murder". He said: “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.”

Addressing Clifford directly, he said: “Kyle, if you are seeing or hearing this, please make contact with the police.”

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