British police arrest suspect in crossbow attack after 3 women killed – World

British police said on Wednesday that a 26-year-old man has been arrested after the wife and two daughters of a horse racing radio commentator were killed with a crossbow in a suspected “targeted” attack.

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

The victims were Carol Hunt, the 61-year-old wife of BBC radio And Sky Sport racing commentator John Hunt and their two daughters, Louise, 25, and Hannah, 28, the broadcasters said.

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

According to police, Clifford “received medical treatment after being found with injuries.”

No formal arrests have been made, police said later.

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

Detective Chief Inspector Jon Simpson called it “a horrific incident in which it is now believed a crossbow was used, but other weapons may have been used”. A primary school in nearby Enfield kept children indoors during the police raid.

In the UK, no license is required to own a crossbow, but it is illegal to carry one in public without a valid reason.

Home Secretary Yvette Cooper called the deaths “truly shocking” and said she was being kept informed of the investigation.

A spokeswoman for her department said the legislation was “under constant review and an appeal was made earlier this year for evidence to consider whether further controls on crossbows should be introduced”.

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

‘Shocking’

BBC radio ‘Five Live’ sent a message to staff calling the incident “extremely devastating.”

On Wednesday night, Hunt’s fellow presenter Mark Chapman offered his condolences on air, saying: “This has been a heartbreaking day.”

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

Near Hunt’s home, neighbour Su Kehinde, 60, who came to lay flowers at the scene of the tragedy, said: “They were the sweetest, most gentle family.”

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

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

In March, a 47-year-old man was arrested after two people were injured in separate crossbow attacks in London’s Shoreditch area.

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