BBC Presenter's Wife and 2 Daughters ID'd as Victims of UK Crossbow Attack, and Suspect Is Arrested

Police apprehended 26-year-old Kyle Clifford in connection with the July 9 incident, according to multiple reports

<p>Hannah Grace Aesthetics/Facebook; Groom and Glow/Instagram</p> Hannah Hunt; Louise Hunt

Hannah Grace Aesthetics/Facebook; Groom and Glow/Instagram

Hannah Hunt; Louise Hunt

The three women who were killed by a man with a crossbow in a home in England have been identified — and a suspect was apprehended after a manhunt.

According to BBC News and The Times, the victims of the July 9 incident are Carol Hunt, the wife of BBC Racing radio commentator John Hunt, and two of their daughters, Hannah and Louise.

Hertfordshire Police revealed at a July 10 press conference that the victims were 25, 28, and 61 years old. Police launched a manhunt for 26-year-old Kyle Clifford after the women were killed at a property in Bushey, Hertfordshire, during the evening of July 9.

According to BBC News, The Guardian and The Telegraph, Clifford was apprehended on July 10.

The BBC reports that in addition to the two slain daughters, the couple shared another daughter.

Authorities said in a press release: “Officers attended alongside colleagues from the East of England Ambulance Service and on arrival, found three women with serious injuries. Sadly, despite their best efforts, the women, who are believed to be related, died a short time later at the scene.”

<p>Hertfordshire police</p> Kyle Clifford

Hertfordshire police

Kyle Clifford

The boss of BBC 5 Live, where John works, described the news as "utterly devastating" in a note to staff, per the BBC.

"Our thoughts are with John and his family at this incredibly difficult time and we will provide him with all the support we can," said Heidi Dawson, controller of the BBC radio station.

John's elder daughter Hannah, 28, owned a beauty business called Hannah Grace Cosmetics, while Louise, 25, launched a dog grooming business called Groom & Glow during the Covid-19 pandemic.

<p>James Manning/PA Images via Getty</p> Flowers have been laid on the street of the home

James Manning/PA Images via Getty

Flowers have been laid on the street of the home

Speaking during the press conference, Chief Superintendent John Simpson said police believe the attack was a “targeted incident” and the suspect may have also used other weapons along with a crossbow.

“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,” Simpson said before Clifford was apprehended.

<p>JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty</p> The crime scene in Bushey, Hertfordshire


The crime scene in Bushey, Hertfordshire

According to The Telegraph, the Ministry of Defence confirmed that Clifford briefly served in the armed forces.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

One neighbor told the BBC the incident “is tragic and horrifying.”

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"There was a lot of activity from the police and ambulance last night — there were over a dozen cars,” said the 50-year-old. “There was an air ambulance. The road was closed way past midnight. There is no access into the road.”

"It is a decent neighborhood. It is mostly retired people and professionals living here," he added. 

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