Tragic Attack on BBC Commentator's Family Sparks Crossbow Regulation Debate

Kyle Clifford, suspected of killing the wife and daughters of BBC radio commentator John Hunt with a crossbow, was found injured in a cemetery near his home. Authorities are investigating the attack, believed to be targeted, and are considering tighter crossbow regulations following recent incidents.


Devdiscourse News Desk | London | Updated: 11-07-2024 16:07 IST | Created: 11-07-2024 16:07 IST
Tragic Attack on BBC Commentator's Family Sparks Crossbow Regulation Debate
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A man suspected of killing the wife and daughters of BBC radio sports commentator John Hunt was being treated in a hospital Thursday after being found injured in a cemetery some 15 miles from the crime scene.

Police had spent almost a day hunting for Kyle Clifford after the attack on Carol Hunt, 61, and her daughters Hannah, 28, and Louise, 25, at their home in Bushey, northwest of London. Emergency responders pronounced them dead at the scene.

Clifford, 26, was found Wednesday in Enfield, north London, near his home. Footage from Sky News showed the suspect being carried on a stretcher out of Lavender Hill Cemetery. Armed police, forensic personnel, and ambulance staff had surrounded the area through the day.

Although police did not disclose how Clifford was injured, they confirmed no shots were fired and he has not been arrested. Detective Inspector Justine Jenkins from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit said, "Following extensive inquiries, the suspect has been located and nobody else is being sought in connection with the investigation at this time."

It is believed the attack was targeted and British media reported Clifford was an ex-boyfriend of one of the victims. The BBC confirmed the victims were the family of John Hunt, known for his coverage of major horse races. Shocked neighbors laid flowers late Wednesday to pay respect.

The new Labour Party government vowed to "swiftly consider" a review on crossbow regulations. Home Secretary Yvette Cooper will assess the events, Security Minister Dan Jarvis said. The weapon has been involved in several high-profile crimes recently.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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