BBC’s John Hunt, ex-cop and racing legend whose household killed in crossbow assault

BBC Five Live’s racing commentator John Hunt was met with a horrific scene as he returned home to find his wife and two daughters had been savagely attacked overnight.

The family tragically fell victim to what is suspected to be a gruesome crossbow murder. It’s believed that Hunt came back from his BBC duties to discover the three women critically wounded, but they were later declared dead at the location.

Hunt, a father of three, is understood to have been on assignment for the BBC on Tuesday and is thought to have sounded the alarm upon arriving home around 7pm.

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The ex-cop was returning home from work when he found the horrific scene
The ex-cop was returning home from work when he found the horrific scene

Carol Hunt, the broadcaster’s 61-year-old spouse, has been identified by locals, while Hertfordshire Police confirmed in a Wednesday afternoon press briefing that her daughters were the other casualties.

Formerly serving as a police officer, Hunt has lent his voice to BBC Radio Five Live as a racing commentator for two decades. ITV racing expert Matt Chapman expressed his deep sorrow on X, previously known as Twitter, on Wednesday.

His message read: “No words needed for what has happened to @HuntyCaller and family today. Impossible to comprehend the pain. Just know we are all here for you John. We love you pal – racing loves you.”, reports the Mirror.

Authorities are currently on the hunt for Kyle Clifford, 26, from Enfield, who is sought in relation to the harrowing incident that unfolded at a residence in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire.

Detective Superintendent Rob Hall from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit is urging the public to come forward with any information following the attack, and said: “This is an incredibly difficult incident for the victims’ family and we would ask that their privacy is respected as they come to terms with what has happened.”

He is known to many as the voice of BBC's racing coverage
He is known to many as the voice of BBC’s racing coverage

He also revealed they’re on the hunt for a man named Kyle Clifford, saying: “Whilst we are still in the early stages of this investigation, we are actively seeking Kyle Clifford who we believe could be in the areas of Hertfordshire or North London.

“Given the serious nature of the incident, I would ask anyone who knows where he is to contact police immediately. If you believe you see him, please do not approach him and dial 999 straight away. He may still be in possession of a weapon.

“Our enquires will continue over the coming days to ascertain the full circumstances of what happened but I would also like to take this opportunity appeal to anyone who was in the area around Ashlyn Close from around lunchtime on Tuesday until 7pm, and believes they may have seen anything that could assist the investigation, to contact us.”

BBC 5 Live sent out a heartfelt message to its staff, saying: “The news today about John Hunt’s family is utterly devastating. Our thoughts are with John and his family at this incredibly difficult time and we will provide him with all the support we can.”

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