Triple murder suspect 'may be armed with crossbow' as cops continue manhunt

A suspect wanted in connection with the murders of three women may be armed with a crossbow, police have warned. Emergency services rushed to a home in Bushey, Hertfordshire before 7pm on Tuesday, where the victims where found with serious injuries.

Tragically, they all died a short time later at the scene. Kyle Clifford from Enfield, north London, is wanted in connection with the incident. Police believe the 26-year-old could be anywhere in Hertfordshire or North London.

Cops have urged anyone who sees him to stay wary and to phone 999 immediately with a spokesperson for Hertfordshire Police later specifying Clifford "may be in possession of a crossbow”, reports the Mirror.

Kyle Clifford
Kyle Clifford, 26, who is wanted in connection with the murders of three women in Bushey. -Credit:Hertfordshire Police/PA Wire

While anyone who was in Ashlyn Close from lunchtime yesterday should also come forward to help the police with their investigations. The area has been described as a quiet area by shocked locals.

The Home Office is aware of the incident and being kept "fully updated". in a post on X, Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said: "The loss of three women’s lives in Bushey last night is truly shocking. My thoughts are with the family & friends of those who have been killed & with the community. I am being kept fully updated. I urge people to support (Hertfordshire Police) with any information about this case.”

A forensic officer at the scene in Ashlyn Close
A forensic officer at the scene in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire, where three women, who police believe to be related, were found with serious injuries and died at the scene. -Credit:PA

Neighbours expressed their shock after police, an ambulance crew and ground ambulances rushed to the £800,000 four-bed house. One neighbour, who gave his name as Riaz, said: “They are a middle class family. It is tragic and horrifying.

"There was a lot of activity from the police and ambulance last night - there were over a dozen cars. There was an air ambulance. The road was closed way past midnight. There is no access into the road.” Riaz, who is in his late 50s and works in Telecoms, said: “It is a decent neighbourhood. It is mostly retired people and professionals living here.”

Another neighbour of the family, who did not want to be named, said she did not know them well, but they were friendly. "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."

Laurence Brass, a local county councillor, told BBC News: "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.

“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.”

Police at the scene in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire.
Police at the scene in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire. -Credit:PA

Rob Hall, Detective Superintendent 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.

"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.”

Information can be reported via an online web chat with an operator in the Force Communications Room. Alternatively, you can phone the non-emergency number 101 and quote Op Infauna. If you have information but would like to remain 100% anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by using their online form.

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