Friends of Bushey victims ‘together in grief’ – as police search home in Enfield

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Tributes are being paid to the mother and two daughters killed in Bushey – as police undertake further searches of a house in Enfield.

Members of police staff were seen wearing gloves and face masks outside the property in Rendlesham Road, Enfield, on Thursday morning which was first searched on Wednesday.

The suspect, Kyle Clifford, remained in hospital and police have said he is yet to be arrested.

Clifford was the focus of a manhunt after an attack in Ashlyn Close which resulted in the deaths of Carol Hunt, 61, Hannah Hunt, 28, and Louise Hunt, 25.

He was found injured in Lavender Hill Cemetery in Enfield, north London, later on Wednesday and was taken to a major trauma centre for treatment.

Police did not say how the injuries occurred but stressed they had not fired any shots.

The women were pronounced dead after police and paramedics rushed to the family home near Watford at around 7pm on Tuesday.

Hertfordshire Constabulary have said they were attacked with a crossbow and possibly other weapons.

Colleagues of Hannah Hunt paid tribute to the “fantastic therapist” in a post on Facebook on Thursday, saying it was with “deep regret and sadness” that The Anti-Ageing Clinic based in Radlett, Hertfordshire, learned of the “horrific murder on Tuesday night.

One of their neighbours, Su Kehinde, 60, said as she laid flowers near the police cordon: “They were the loveliest, gentlest family.

“They were the meekest human beings. They did not deserve this. They were beautiful souls.”

Her daughter April, 32, knew Hannah and added that she “always had a smile”.

Carol Hunt 
 Pic: Facebook
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Carol Hunt. Pic: Facebook

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Luisa, a friend of Louise, also used her dog grooming business and said she would often send me pictures of my dog asleep during grooming”… “that’s how much of a wonderful, relaxing person Louise was”.

Another of Louise’s friends told the BBC: “I knew Louise back from school days and she was really sweet, very kind, always a positive person.

“I can’t think of anything bad to say about her – a really lovely person all round, a super hardworking person. It’s been a massive shock.”

Hannah was a skin therapist at a salon in Radlett, Hertfordshire.

They said in a statement on Thursday it was with “deep regret and sadness” that they learned of the “horrific murder on Tuesday night of our skin therapist Hannah”.

The tribute continued: “She was a fantastic therapist and clients loved her. We send our condolences and prayers to her Dad, sister and family.

“She was very much a part of our team. Please bear with us at this terrible time.”

A note left on a bunch of flowers at the police cordon in Bushey read: “Hannah, Louise and Carol.

“I wish none of this was real. I wish I could hug you all, tell you how much you meant to me. I wish you could hug each other. Love you forever. Mol xxxx.”

Tributes near to the scene in Ashlyn Close, Bushey
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Tributes near to the scene in Ashlyn Close, Bushey

A message on a floral tribute near to the scene in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire, where the wife and two daughters of a BBC sports commentator have been killed in a crossbow attack at their home. Carol Hunt, 61, who was married to BBC Five Live racing commentator John Hunt, and two of their daughters died in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire, on Tuesday evening. A manhunt has been launched for Kyle Clifford, 26, from Enfield, north London, who is wanted by detectives investigating the mu
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Note on a bunch of flowers left at the Hunt’s home. Pic: PA

Police officers at the scene in Ashlyn Close
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Police officers at the scene in Ashlyn Close. Pic: PA

‘Nice, private family’

Glyn Nicholas, 77, also lives in Ashlyn Close, and described them as a “private family, all very nice”.

“Louise started a business a couple of years ago, and it was a thriving business – we all took our dogs there to be groomed,” he added.

Carol Hunt pictured with her husband John Hunt.
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Carol Hunt and husband John Hunt. Pic: Facebook

Mrs Hunt was the wife of racing commentator John Hunt, who worked for Sky Sports Racing and BBC Racing.

The racing community has offered him their condolences.

In a statement, Sky Sports Racing said: “Everyone at Sky Sports Racing is deeply saddened by the tragic deaths in Hertfordshire and our thoughts are with our colleague John Hunt, his family and friends at this awful time.”

BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Mark Chapman sent his “love and thoughts” to fellow commentator and friend John Hunt after a “heartbreaking day” on Wednesday.

Carol Hunt pictured with her husband John Hunt.
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Carol and John Hunt. Pic: Facebook

Speaking through tears at the start of the Euro 2024 pre-match show on 5 Live, Mr Chapman said: “John Hunt is our colleague and our friend, not just to the current 5 Live Sport team but to all of those who have worked here with him over the past 20 years and also to all of you who have enjoyed his superb commentaries.

“On behalf of everybody connected to 5 Live Sport, our love and thoughts and support are with John and his family.”

Kyle Clifford, 26, was found injured inside Lavender Hill cemetery in Enfield, north London on Wednesday evening after being sought in connection with the murders.

He was flown by helicopter to the Royal London hospital.

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

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