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Police are “actively seeking” a suspect in the murder of three women found shot with a crossbow in a house in Ashlyn Close, Bushey, in Hertfordshire.

Kyle Clifford, a 26-year-old security guard from Enflied, North London, is wanted in connection with the deaths, but cops are yet to track him down.

He is believed to currently be either in North London or still in Hertfordshire, with police issuing an urgent “do not approach” warning earlier today.

It comes after parademics were scrambled to a property on Ashlyn Close, Bushey, Herts., on Tuesday night, after neighbours reported “screams” around 7pm on Tuesday.

But despite the best efforts of medics, 61-year-old Carol Hunt, Louise Hunt, 25, and Hannah Hunt, 28 – believed to be the wife and daughters of BBC Five Live racing commentator John Hunt – were pronounced dead at the scene.

Louise is believed to be the ex-girlfriend of Clifford.

The women are thought to have been discovered with fatal injuries by Mr Hunt when he returned to the family home in Bushey from work on Tuesday evening.

At around 11.30 this morning, armed cops descended on a property on Rendelshem Road in the Hilly Fields area of Enfield on Wednesday, as the hunt for Clifford continues.

Two officers were stood outside the property at 1.30pm, after a cordon was removed. Neighbours said they were heard screaming, “Armed police, come to the door and raise your hands”.

One neighbour, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “They kept going in and out of the property carrying guns, the whole road was taped off.

“It was over quite quickly but there’s been helicopters flying around the area all day. I don’t recognise the suspect at all, as far as I’m concerned he didn’t live in the house,” they added.

St Michael’s Primary School in Enfield, where Clifford is from, kept pupils inside as a precaution on Wednesday while the search continued, Sky News reports.

The school’s headteacher told the outlet at the time students have been told to “continue as normal as possible” while the school is “doing as much as they can”.

Sky News is also reporting that Bright Horizons Enfield Hilly Fields Day Nursery and Preschool are keeping children inside.

The Sun published CCTV footage on Wednesday purporting to show Clifford walking from alleyway leading to the property where the victims were found.

The man in the video then enters a car before driving off. The same car was found abandoned earlier today in Enfield, according to reports.

Detective Superintendent Rob Hall from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit 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.

“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.

“This incident will of course be of concern to local residents. Officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team will be in the area today so please do speak to them if you need to.”

The force added: “You can report information online, speak to an operator in our Force Communications Room via our online web chat or call the non-emergency number 101, quoting Op Infauna.

“Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form.”

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