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Manhunt in UK for suspect with crossbow ends after wife, 2 daughters of BBC commentator killed in home

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Manhunt in UK for suspect with crossbow ends after wife, 2 daughters of BBC commentator killed in home

A manhunt came to an end on Wednesday in north London, for a man believed to be armed with a crossbow after three women, later identified as the wife and two daughters of the BBC commentator John Hunt, were killed inside a suburban home.

Kyle Clifford, 26, was identified as the suspect in the triple murder, which is believed to have involved a crossbow and other weapons, Hertfordshire Police said.

After an extensive search, police tracked Clifford to the Enfield area in North London.

Police said Clifford was found with injuries and is currently receiving medical treatment. Police also added no shots were fired by law enforcement.

“Following extensive [inquiries], the suspect has been located and nobody else is being sought in connection with the investigation at this time,” Detective Inspector Justine Jenkins of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit said. “This investigation is moving at pace and formal identification of the victims is yet to take place. The premature naming of potential victims has caused great upset to the family when they should’ve been given the space to come to terms with their sudden loss.”

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Kyle Clifford is being sought in connection with the suspected killing of three women in Bushey, England. He is believed to be armed with a crossbow. (Hertfordshire Police/via AP)

An investigation has led detectives to believe that Clifford was known to the victims.

The BBC confirmed that the victims were Carol Hunt, wife of BBC commentator John Hunt, and two of their daughters. Police said the ages of the victims were 25, 28 and 61.

John Hunt is BBC radio’s main horse racing commentator, having covered the world-famous Grand National and The Derby. He had just returned home on Tuesday evening from reporting at Lingfield Park racecourse, just south of London, when he found the bodies, according to British media. 

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Paramedics and police raced to save the victims, but they were pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

investigators outside homes in Bushey, England

The neighborhood where the triple murder happened was described as a “typical leafy, British suburb.” (Jacob King/PA via AP)

While police have not disclosed whether there was any relationship between the victims and Clifford, who is from London, the British media have described him as an ex-boyfriend of one of the daughters.

investigators outside homes in Bushey, England

The BBC said the women killed were the wife and two daughters of its main radio racing commentator, John Hunt. (James Manning/PA via AP)

The BBC reported that Clifford briefly served in the British army in 2022. No other details were immediately available.

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Laurence Brass, a local councilor who lives nearby, told the BBC that he was home watching football on television when a helicopter landed on the lawn outside.

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investigators outside homes in Bushey, England

Police have urged Clifford to turn himself in to authorities. (James Manning/PA via AP)

“We’re very shocked; we’re not used to this in this area – it’s a typical leafy, British suburb,” Brass said.

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Although Clifford has been captured, police encourage anyone with information or footage of the incident to contact them directly through an information portal set up by the department.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Typhoon Gaemi barrels towards China’s Fujian after sinking ship off Taiwan

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Typhoon Gaemi barrels towards China’s Fujian after sinking ship off Taiwan

Strong winds sink a Tanzania-flagged freighter off Taiwan coast, with crew missing and rescuers unable to access area.

Typhoon Gaemi is sweeping towards southern China after wreaking devastation in Taiwan, killing at least two people and sinking a cargo ship, with its nine crew members missing.

The typhoon made landfall on the northeastern coast of Taiwan at about midnight (16:00 GMT) on Wednesday, the country’s Central Weather Administration said, reporting gusts of up to 227kmph (141mph) before it barrelled towards Fuzhou in China’s Fujian province as of 12:15pm (04:15 GMT) on Thursday.

Taiwan’s fire department said on Thursday that a Tanzania-flagged cargo ship had sunk off the coast of the southern port city of Kaohsiung, forcing its nine crew members from Myanmar to abandon ship in life jackets.

Hsiao Huan-chang, head of the fire agency, said the crew had contacted a nearby Taiwanese cargo ship, but when rescuers finally reached the area, “visibility at the scene was very low and the winds were too strong” to conduct a search.

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“When the weather permits, we will immediately dispatch ships or helicopters to rescue, but at the moment it is not possible,” he said.

The authorities confirmed that Gaemi – the strongest typhoon to hit Taiwan in eight years, with accumulated rainfall of 2,200mm (87 inches) since Tuesday – killed two people.

A motorist in Kaohsiung was crushed by a tree and a woman in eastern Hualien died after part of a building fell on her. More than 200 people were injured in the storm.

Several cities, including Taipei, announced a second day off on Thursday, with schools, government offices and the stock market closed, while hundreds of domestic and international flights were cancelled.

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China flood alert

Chinese weather forecasters said Gaemi would pass through Fujian later on Thursday, with the province putting in place the second-highest flood alert level.

The Ministry of Water Resources warned on Wednesday that extremely heavy rains were expected to swell rivers and lakes in Fujian and the neighbouring province of Zhejiang.

In Fujian, government officials have relocated about 150,000 people, mainly from coastal fishing communities, state media reported.

As gale force winds picked up, officials in Zhoushan in Zhejiang suspended passenger waterway routes for up to three days.

Most flights were cancelled at airports in Fuzhou and Quanzhou in Fujian, and Wenzhou in Zhejiang, according to the VariFlight website.

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Guangzhou rail officials suspended some trains that pass through typhoon-affected areas, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

Meanwhile, northern China has been deluged by summer storms from a separate weather system.

Some areas in the capital, Beijing, experienced heavy rain and emergency plans were activated, with more than 25,000 people evacuated, according to the Beijing Daily newspaper. Some train services were also suspended at the Beijing West railway station.

Gaemi exacerbated seasonal rains in the Philippines on its path to Taiwan, triggering flooding and landslides.

Relentless rain killed at least 20 people over the past two weeks in the capital, Manila, and its surrounding provinces, the Philippine authorities said on Thursday.

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By Echo Wang NEW YORK (Reuters) – Lineage, the world’s largest operator of cold-storage warehouses, raised $4.45 billion in its U.S. initial public offering, setting it up for the biggest stock market debut globally this year, two people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The Novi,
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Death toll reaches 6 in Mexican tequila distillery blast

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Death toll reaches 6 in Mexican tequila distillery blast

Rescue teams on Wednesday found another body at a tequila distillery in Mexico a day after an explosion and fire, bringing the death toll to six. Two workers were injured.

The factory belongs to the Jose Cuervo company, one of Mexico’s most famous tequila brands.

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The local civil defense posted on X that the latest body was found in a waste area where large containers had collapsed.

A Mexican flag waves in front of The National Palace, the office of the president, in Mexico City’s main square, the Zocalo, at sunrise, April 24, 2023. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

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The company on Tuesday said the explosion occurred as employees were carrying out maintenance work. Authorities on Tuesday night said the situation was under control, but on Wednesday morning a fire broke out in a storage area with cardboard and other materials.

The town of Tequila is about 375 miles northwest of Mexico City. Overlooked by a volcano and surrounded by plantations of agave, the plant from which the liquor is produced, life in the municipality of 40,000 residents revolves around tequila production and the tourism it generates.

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