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A manhunt is underway for a ‘crossbow attack’ suspect after three women were found ‘murdered’ in a home.

Kyle Clifford, 26, from Enfield, is being hunted by police after three women, who are believed to be from the same family, died at their in £800,000 detached house Bushey, Hertfordshire.

Armed police rushed to the four-bedroom house on Ashlyn Close last night where they discovered the victims with serious injuries.

The three women, who were all related, died at the scene a short while later.

Police warn Clifford may still be armed and is dangerous. The public have been urged not to approach him and call 999.

This afternoon, local policing commander Jon Simpson made a direct appeal to Clifford, to hand himself in to cops.

In a press conference at Hatfield police station he described the killings as ‘a horrific incident involving what is currently believed to be a crossbow, but other weapons may also have been used’.

The officer also described the attacks as a ‘targeted incident’.

Police have also appealed to anyone who was in or around Ashlyn Close between lunchtime and 7pm on Tuesday to call them if they saw anything suspicious.

United Kingdom, BUSHEY 10th July 2024:    Police stand at a cordon in place in Bushey, Heartfordshire as they investigate three women who have been murdered as a man named Kyle Clifford in connection with the crime. Kyle is at large and believed to possibly be armed.  Credit:Toby Shepheard / Story Picture Agency
Police in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire, where three women, who police believe to be related, were found with serious injuries and died at the scene a short time after police and paramedics were called just before 7pm on Tuesday. A manhunt has been launched for Kyle Clifford, 26, from Enfield, north London, who is wanted by detectives investigating the murders of the three women. Picture date: Wednesday July 10, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Bushey. Photo credit should read: James Manning/PA Wire
Police at the scene in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire, where three women, who police believe to be related, were found with serious injuries and died at the scene a short time after police and paramedics were called just before 7pm on Tuesday. A manhunt has been launched for Kyle Clifford, 26, from Enfield, north London, who is wanted by detectives investigating the murders of the three women. Picture date: Wednesday July 10, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Bushey. Photo credit should read: James Manning/PA Wire

Killings will ‘send shockwaves’ across county

Hereford’s police and crime commission has said the triple killings in Bushey will ‘send shockwaves’ through the community.

In a statement this afternoon, Jonathan Ash-Edward described the attacks as a ‘terrible incident’.

Read what he has to say, here:

Primary school in Enfield on lockdown

St Michael’s Primary School in Enfield is on lockdown, with pupils being kept inside as a precaution as the manhunt for Kyle Clifford continues in the area.

The school’s headteacher told Sky News the police have been to the school to reassurane children and staff and told them to ‘continue as normal as possible’.

She added that officers were ‘doing as much as they can’ in the wake of the horror attack.

Forensic officers spotted at the scene of attack

Forensic officers have been spotted outside the address of the horror attack in Hertfordshire.

Specialists wearing white overalls are in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, where three women, who police believe to be related, were found with serious injuries and died on Tuesday.

A forensic officer at the scene in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire, where three women, who police believe to be related, were found with serious injuries and died at the scene a short time after police and paramedics were called just before 7pm on Tuesday. A manhunt has been launched for Kyle Clifford, 26, from Enfield, north London, who is wanted by detectives investigating the murders of the three women. Picture date: Wednesday July 10, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Bushey. Photo credit should read: James Manning/PA Wire
Police at the scene of a triple murder in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire.  July 10, 2024.  Release date - July 10, 2024.  Detectives investigating a triple murder which occurred in Bushey, Hertfordshire, yesterday evening (Tuesday 9 July) are actively seeking a man who is wanted in connection with the incident.  Police were called to a property in Ashlyn Close just before 7pm. Officers attended alongside the ambulance service and on arrival, found three women with serious injuries. Sadly, despite their best efforts, the women, who are believed to be related, died a short time later at the scene.  Police have since been searching throughout the night for 26-year-old Kyle Clifford from the Enfield area who is wanted in connection with the incident.
Forensic officers at the scene in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire, where three women, who police believe to be related, were found with serious injuries and died at the scene a short time after police and paramedics were called just before 7pm on Tuesday. A manhunt has been launched for Kyle Clifford, 26, from Enfield, north London, who is wanted by detectives investigating the murders of the three women. Picture date: Wednesday July 10, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Bushey. Photo credit should read: James Manning/PA Wire

Police chief vows to protect the public

Chief Superintendent Jon Simpson said police were doing everything they can to keep the public safe during their manhunt for Kyle Clifford.

Here’s what he said in today’s press conference:

Our overarching objective today is to protect public safety and to locate Kyle Clifford, who is wanted in connection with the murder of the three women in what we believe is a targeted incident.

We have extensive police resources deployed to various locations in north London and also the Bushey area.The manhunt also involves armed police officers and specialist search teams responding at pace in the wake of what has been a horrific incident involving what is currently believed to be a crossbow, but other weapons may also have been used.

Kyle, if you are seeing or hearing this, please make contact with the police.

Police at the scene in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire, where three women, who police believe to be related, were found with serious injuries and died at the scene a short time after police and paramedics were called just before 7pm on Tuesday. A manhunt has been launched for Kyle Clifford, 26, from Enfield, north London, who is wanted by detectives investigating the murders of the three women. Picture date: Wednesday July 10, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Bushey. Photo credit should read: James Manning/PA Wire

Watch the full police press conference here

Key details revealed in the press conference

Police have revealed several key details during this afternoon’s press conference. These included:

  • the ages of the victims, all believed to be related, were given as 25, 28 and 61
  • the weapon used was believed to be a crossbow but ‘other weapons may also have been used’
  • police said their ‘overarching objective today is to protect public safety and to locate Kyle Clifford’
  • officers added the attacks were a ‘targeted incident’
Chief Superintendent Jon Simpson of Hertfordshire Police speaks to media outside Hatfield Police Station in Hertfordshire, after three women, who police believe to be related, were found with serious injuries and died in Bushey on Tuesday evening.  A manhunt has been launched for Kyle Clifford, 26, from Enfield, north London, who is wanted by detectives investigating the murders of the three women. Picture date: Wednesday July 10, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Bushey. Photo credit should read: Jacob King/PA Wire

Police believe the killings were ‘targeted’

During a press conference this afternoon, police said the three women had been killed in a ‘targeted incident’.

Giving an update Chief Superintendent Jon Simpson said officers were ‘actively seeking Kyle Clifford, 26, who is wanted for the murders.

In a statement to the media, the top officer urged Walker to give himself in and claimed the attacks had involved a crossbow and possibly other weapons.

‘Kyle, if you’re seeing or hearing this, please make contact with police, Chief Superintendent Simpson pleaded.

Bushy Parish Church opens vigil

Councillor says community is ‘shellshocked’

Local councillor Lawrence Brass, who lives close by the scene in Bushey, said: ‘I didn’t know them personally but I knocked on their door, I was canvassing a few days ago for the General Election.

‘I’m sure that their friends will be comforting the remains of the family that are left. These are all my representatives, I know them all.

‘At 7pm last night a helicopter landed on the lawn in the development I live in which is 100 yards away from here, but it was an air ambulance, I’m told, and then rumours started circulating about a crossbow.

‘The worst thing that’s ever happened in this part of Bushey is a bit of illegal flytipping and then suddenly we get three murders and we’re all a bit shellshocked.

‘This is a very traditional, quiet, leafy suburb, we don’t get this sort of thing in this area and I want residents to know that the council will be ensuring that the liaison team is down here and doing everything they can to comfort them and make sure that they are reassured that everything is being done.

‘But we’re worried that this guy is still floating around somewhere.’

Police at the scene in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire, where three women, who police believe to be related, were found with serious injuries and died at the scene a short time after police and paramedics were called just before 7pm on Tuesday. A manhunt has been launched for Kyle Clifford, 26, from Enfield, north London, who is wanted by detectives investigating the murders of the three women. Picture date: Wednesday July 10, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Bushey. Photo credit should read: James Manning/PA Wire

Police press conference at 12:30pm

Hertfordshire Police is holding a press conference at 12.30pm later today regarding the triple murder in Bushey.

It will be led by Chief Superintendent Jon Simpson, the force said.

Aerial shots show scale of police presence

This morning Ashlyn Close was cordoned off while scenes of crime officers carried out a forensic examination.

Aerial shots of the scene aired on the BBC show a blue and white forensic tent in the front garden of one of the homes in the cul-de-sac, with a police officer on guard and several police vehicles parked nearby.

East of England Ambulance Service confirmed three ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance officer vehicle, the Hazardous Area Response Team, the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance and London Air Ambulance were sent to the scene last night.

Pic shows aerial view of  the scene of a triple murder in Bushey Herts

Resident believes suspect escaped via alleyway

Derek Turner, 73, said that although the road was a close there were two other entrances and exits – one was an alleyway and through a car park at block of flats – where a killer could escape on foot.

‘It is always a very quiet area here. Nothing ever goes on here. It is very, very peaceful. It is so unusual for this area. I have lived here a long time.

‘It happened all of a sudden. The whole place went crackers. Teh were police cars everywhere. Armed police in black uniforms with semi-automatic guns. I thought it was a terrorist thing.

‘They locked off the street and have stopped anyone getting through.’

Locals describe moment police arrived

One local resident, who lives on a nearby street, told MailOnline of the moment dozens of police descended onto the quiet street.

He said: ‘From 7pm there was like 20 police cars coming down, four ambulances and then armed police came and they were here till midnight.

‘I know of them (the victims). So a few of them went to school with people that I know. That’s all I know. I didn’t know them personally.

‘I know they went to schools in the area in the area. They didn’t go to my school.’

Another local, Francis Turner, was watching Germany play France in the Euros sime finals when she heard shouting outside.

She told The Sun: ‘My husband and I were watching the football when we heard sirens and shouting. There were around 30 policemen outside.

‘There were armed police. They came and knocked on our door and told us to stay inside and keep our doors shut.’

A police cordon is in place at the scene of a triple murder in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Hertfordshire.  July 10, 2024.  Release date - July 10, 2024.  Detectives investigating a triple murder which occurred in Bushey, Hertfordshire, yesterday evening (Tuesday 9 July) are actively seeking a man who is wanted in connection with the incident.  Police were called to a property in Ashlyn Close just before 7pm. Officers attended alongside the ambulance service and on arrival, found three women with serious injuries. Sadly, despite their best efforts, the women, who are believed to be related, died a short time later at the scene.  Police have since been searching throughout the night for 26-year-old Kyle Clifford from the Enfield area who is wanted in connection with the incident.

Local Councillor reacts to ‘terrible’ incident

Local councillor Laurence Brass, who lives nearby, said the area is ‘a typical leafy British suburb’. He told the BBC:

At about eight o’clock last night, I was watching the football on television, and suddenly a helicopter landed in the lawn outside my flat, which is at the top of this road, and then my phone started going, and I was told that there was a major incident here in Bushey and we should all keep away because there was somebody apparently on the run.

This is not something that happens in Bushey.

We can’t remember a murder in our rather quiet neck of the woods, so (it’s a) terrible shock and our sympathies and prayers and thoughts are with the families of the three women.

That really is a terrible thing to happen to anybody, and I’ve gathered they’re all from the same family, which obviously makes it even more tragic, and we’ll do everything we can as the local council to add our source of comfort where we can.

Home Secretary being ‘updated’ on the search

Welcome to the liveblog

Welcome to MailOnline’s liveblog as police have launched an urgent manhunt for crossbow attack suspect Kyle Clifford (below) after three women are believed to have been murdered in Hertfordshire.

Follow for the latest updates in the search for the 26-year-old from Enfield, who is believed to still be armed and is dangerous.

Undated handout photo issued by Hertfordshire Police of Kyle Clifford, 26, who is wanted in connection with the murders of three women in Bushey. Issue date: Wednesday July 10, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story POLICE Bushey . Photo credit should read: Hertfordshire Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Key Updates

  • Home Secretary being ‘updated’ on the search

  • What we know so far



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