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UK police have detained a suspect in a crossbow attack that killed three women

UK police have detained a suspect in a crossbow attack

A 26-year-old man was in custody after the wife and two daughters of a horse racing radio commentator were killed with a crossbow in a suspected “targeted” attack, UK police said on Wednesday.

Kyle Clifford, 26, from Enfield, north London, was wanted in connection with the deaths of three women in Bushey, north London, on Tuesday night.

The victim was Carol Hunt, the 61-year-old wife of BBC Radio And Sky Sports racing commentator John Hunt, and their two daughters, Louise, 25, and Hannah, 28, said broadcasters.

In a statement Wednesday, police said Clifford, who was found by officers in Enfield, was “known to the victims” and no other suspects were being sought.

Police said Clifford was “receiving medical treatment for injuries found”.

Police later said no formal arrests had yet been made.

Local police had earlier said officers were called to a house in the leafy commuter town where three women were pronounced dead at the scene.

Chief Superintendent John Simpson called it “a horrific incident in which a crossbow is currently believed to have been used, but other weapons may have been used”. A primary school in nearby Enfield kept children indoors while police searched.

No license is required to possess a crossbow in the UK, but it is illegal to carry one in public without a reasonable excuse.

Home Affairs Minister Yvette Cooper called the deaths “truly shocking” and said she was being updated on the inquest.

A spokesman for his department said the law was “under constant review and a call for evidence was launched earlier this year to see if further controls should be introduced on crossbows”.

She said the minister would “rapidly consider the findings to see if the laws need to be tightened”.


BBC Radio ‘Five Live’ sent a note to staff calling the incident “absolutely devastating”.

On Wednesday evening, Hunt’s co-presenter Mark Chapman offered tearful condolences on air, saying, “It’s been a heartbreaking day.”

Sky Sports Racing X said the team was “deeply saddened by the tragic deaths” and “our thoughts are with our colleague John Hunt, his family and friends at this terrible time”.

“They were the sweetest, most gentle family,” said neighbor Su Kehinde, 60, who came to lay flowers at the scene of the tragedy, near the Hunt home.

Another neighbor told reporters that the victims were a friendly family.

“We would see them pass by every day and they would say good morning,” she said. “It’s really sad what happened, very shocking.”

In March, a 47-year-old man was arrested after two men were injured in separate crossbow attacks in the Shoreditch area of ​​London.

In October last year, Jaswant Singh Chail (21) was jailed after he was found with a loaded crossbow on the grounds of Windsor Castle in west London. He broke into the royal residence on Christmas Day 2021 and told police he was trying to kill Queen Elizabeth II.

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