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UK crossbow killings: Police capture man suspected of killing family of racing commentator

Police and emergency services at the scene in Ashlyn Close, after an incident on Tuesday evening, in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England, Wednesday, July 10, 2024.
Police and emergency services at the scene in Ashlyn Close, after an incident on Tuesday evening, in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England, Wednesday, July 10, 2024. Copyright James Manning/PA
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26-year-old Kyle Clifford was caught near his home in Enfield, north London and is receiving medical treatment for his injuries.

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A man accused of murdering the wife and two daughters of a well-known radio commentator with a crossbow has been captured and taken to hospital, police said.

Kyle Clifford was caught by armed police and paramedics near his home in the Hilly Fields area of Enfield, north London, around 52 kilometres to the east of the site of the killing.

Hertfordshire Police said the 26-year-old is receiving medical treatment for his injuries. They did not say how those injuries happened but confirmed they had not fired any shots.

This is an undated photo issued by Hertfordshire Police on Wednesday, July 10, 2024 of Kyle Clifford,
This is an undated photo issued by Hertfordshire Police on Wednesday, July 10, 2024 of Kyle Clifford, Hertfordshire Police/AP

The victims were the family of the BBC racing broadcaster John Hunt - his 61-year-old wife Carol Hunt and their daughters Louise and Hannah, aged 25 and 28 respectively.

While the manhunt was underway, the public was urged not to approach Clifford.

“Following extensive inquiries, the suspect has been located and nobody else is being sought in connection with the investigation at this time," said Detective Inspector Justine Jenkins from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit.

Jenkins added the investigation is moving “at pace” and that formal identification of the victims is yet to take place.

Police had been scouring a park in north London, near the home of Clifford, after being alerted Tuesday about the killings in a house in Bushey, a residential area in northwestern London. Police and ambulance crews tried to save them, but they were pronounced dead at the scene.

John Hunt is BBC 5 Live's main racing commentator and his voice is known to millions through his coverage of the world-famous Grand National and The Derby.

British media reported that Hunt found the bodies early Tuesday evening, after returning home from reporting at Lingfield Park racecourse south of London.

Police did not say how or whether Clifford, who is from London, was connected to the women, but British media reported that he was an ex-boyfriend of one of the daughters.

Britain’s new home secretary, Yvette Cooper, was kept “fully informed” about the “truly shocking” incident.

People in Britain do not need a license to own a crossbow, but it is illegal to carry one in public without a reasonable excuse.

A spokesperson for the Home Office said Cooper will “swiftly consider” the findings from a recently launched review into whether further controls on crossbows should be introduced.

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