What we know about Kyle Clifford as Bushey triple murder suspect arrested

Triple murder suspect Kyle Clifford is still being treated for injuries after he was caught following the crossbow killings of Carol, Hannah and Louise Hunt in Bushey.

Left to right: Hannah Hunt, Carol Hunt and Louise Hunt. (Facebook)
Left to right: Hannah Hunt, Carol Hunt and Louise Hunt. (Facebook)

The man suspected of killing three family members of a BBC racing commentator in a crossbow attack has been arrested.

Kyle Clifford, 26, was arrested on suspicion of three counts of murder on Thursday evening and remains in a serious condition in hospital.

Carol Hunt, 61, the wife of BBC 5 Live commentator John Hunt, and two of their daughters, Hannah, 28, and Louise, 25, were found fatally injured at a house in the quiet cul-de-sac of Ashlyn Close in Bushey, Hertfordshire, just after 7pm on Tuesday.

Det Supt Rob Hall, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said on Friday: “Our thoughts remain with the victims’ family at this tragic time. The investigation is moving at pace and as a result, we have now arrested a man. Enquiries are continuing at this time.”

Here is what we know - and don't know - about the suspect and the incident.

Carol Hunt is one of the victims of the suspected crossbow attack in Bushey, Hertfordshire. (Facebook)
Carol Hunt is one of the victims of the suspected crossbow attack in Bushey, Hertfordshire. (Facebook)
Louise Hunt has been named as one of the victims. (Facebook)
Louise Hunt has been named as one of the victims. (Facebook)

Hertfordshire Police was called to the property in Bushey just before 7pm on Tuesday.

The three women were found with serious injuries and despite the efforts of paramedics, died at the scene a short time later.

A manhunt was subsequently launched and shortly after 8.30am on Wednesday, police published Kyle Clifford's name, age and photograph.

What we know about Kyle Clifford manhunt after three women killed in Hertfordshire
Kyle Clifford remains in hospital after he was found on Wednesday following a manhunt. (Hertfordshire Police/PA)

Ch Supt John Simpson, from Hertfordshire Police, said in a press conference on Wednesday that a crossbow was used in the incident but that other weapons may have been used.

Armed police also searched a home in Rendlesham Road, Enfield, north London, that morning.

The hunt for Clifford eventually switched to focus on a cemetery in the Hilly Fields area of Enfield on Wednesday afternoon. Emergency services, including armed police, could be seen in the area in footage posted on social media.

The victims were discovered in a house in Bushey, Hertfordshire. (SWNS)
The victims were discovered in a house in Bushey, Hertfordshire. (SWNS)
Armed police search an allotment site in Enfield during the hunt for Kyle Clifford. (SWNS)
Armed police search an allotment site in Enfield during the hunt for Kyle Clifford. (SWNS)

Clifford was then found with injuries in Lavender Hill Cemetery. Footage from Sky News appeared to show Clifford, who served a short period in the British Army, being stretchered out of the cemetery by paramedics. He was taken to a major trauma centre for treatment.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct said it received a mandatory referral from the Metropolitan Police after Clifford was found by officers with serious injuries in Enfield, but was satisfied no probe was needed.

As part of the investigation on Thursday, police raided a house linked to Clifford's brother, Bradley. He was jailed for life with a minimum term of 23 years for the murder of moped passenger Soban Khan in 2018.

John Hunt with his wife Carol and two daughters, Hannah and Louise. (Instagram, Facebook)
John Hunt with his wife Carol. (Instagram, Facebook)
Three candles burn as members of the public attend a morning service and vigil at St James's church in Bushey. (PA)
Three candles burn as members of the public attend a morning service and vigil at St James's church in Bushey. (PA)

According to the Metropolitan Police at the time of the killing, Bradley Clifford had targeted the moped before crashing into it and continuing to assault Khan after the collision.

On Friday morning, Hertfordshire Police confirmed Kyle Clifford had been arrested the previous night.

Hertfordshire manhunt map showing where the incident took place. (PA)
Hertfordshire manhunt map showing where the incident took place. (PA)

Details about the incident remain scarce and it is not known the exact circumstances that led to the women’s deaths.

Police said a crossbow was used and indicated other weapons may have been involved, but that has not been confirmed.

It is not clear how long the attacker was in the victims' house and the extent of the attack. Police are said to be investigating whether the three victims were held captive for hours.

According to The Guardian, Mrs Hunt was found with crossbow injuries in the hallway of the house. It also reported sources saying one of the victims dialled 999, but that has also not been confirmed by police.

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The extent of Clifford's injuries is also not clear, nor how he acquired them.

Clifford's connection to the army remains unclear, including how long he served and the circumstances under which he left. Yahoo News UK has contacted the British Army for more details.

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