Jockeys seen wearing black armbands in tribute to the family of BBC's John Hunt

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In a touching sign of respect following the tragic killings in Bushey, jockeys have been spotted wearing black armbands in memory of John Hunt's family.

On Wednesday (July 10), it was confirmed by Hertfordshire Police that three women had been killed following a suspected triple murder at a home in Bushey.

GettyImages-2160801652.jpgPolice outside the home where the killings took place. Credit: Leon Neal / Getty

The BBC later revealed that the victims were the wife and two daughters of BBC racing commentator John Hunt - a former police officer who has worked for BBC Radio Five Live for the last 20 years.

Carol Hunt, 61, and her daughters Hannah Hunt, 28, and Louise Hunt, 25, were found seriously injured at their home in Ashlyn Close at approximately 7:00PM on Tuesday and later died at the scene.

For much of Wednesday, police specialist search teams and armed officers were on the hunt for suspect 26-year-old Kyle Clifford. The Sun and Daily Mail have reported that Clifford is the ex-boyfriend of Louise Hunt.

Clifford was eventually detained at around 6:20PM on Wednesday, and is now receiving medical treatment for injuries he had sustained.

Following the heartbreaking news, tributes have poured in for John Hunt, as other members of the racing and broadcasting community have shared their support.

On Thursday (July 11), jockeys at Kempton Park Racecourse were pictured wearing black armbands in honor of Hunt's loved ones.

GettyImages-2161500031.jpgMembers of the racing and broadcasting community have paid tribute. Credit: Alan Crowhurst / Getty

GettyImages-2161500030.jpgJockeys at Kempton Park wear black armbands in support of John Hunt. Credit: Alan Crowhurst / Getty

BBC Radio broadcaster Mark Chapman has also been praised for the strength he showed while paying an emotional tribute to Hunt, which can be heard in the tweet below:


Julie Harrington, the chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), has added in a statement: "I am sure that, in this time of unimaginable grief for him, the racing family will rally around as we have seen many times before when one of our number is faced with great trauma."

During last night's Euros 2024 game between England and Spain, the ITV broadcast also took a moment to send condolences to John Hunt. Former England star Michael Owen also posted on social media following the nation's victory, writing: "And while the country celebrate, spare a thought for John Hunt.

"I can't remember feeling so utterly horrified in years."




Local councillor Laurence Brass, also told the BBC: "This is not something that happens in Bushey," he added. "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."

Our thoughts go out to the family and loved ones of those killed in the attacks, and the people of Bushey.

Featured image credit: Alan Crowhurst / Getty

Jockeys seen wearing black armbands in tribute to the family of BBC's John Hunt

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By stefan armitage

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In a touching sign of respect following the tragic killings in Bushey, jockeys have been spotted wearing black armbands in memory of John Hunt's family.

On Wednesday (July 10), it was confirmed by Hertfordshire Police that three women had been killed following a suspected triple murder at a home in Bushey.

GettyImages-2160801652.jpgPolice outside the home where the killings took place. Credit: Leon Neal / Getty

The BBC later revealed that the victims were the wife and two daughters of BBC racing commentator John Hunt - a former police officer who has worked for BBC Radio Five Live for the last 20 years.

Carol Hunt, 61, and her daughters Hannah Hunt, 28, and Louise Hunt, 25, were found seriously injured at their home in Ashlyn Close at approximately 7:00PM on Tuesday and later died at the scene.

For much of Wednesday, police specialist search teams and armed officers were on the hunt for suspect 26-year-old Kyle Clifford. The Sun and Daily Mail have reported that Clifford is the ex-boyfriend of Louise Hunt.

Clifford was eventually detained at around 6:20PM on Wednesday, and is now receiving medical treatment for injuries he had sustained.

Following the heartbreaking news, tributes have poured in for John Hunt, as other members of the racing and broadcasting community have shared their support.

On Thursday (July 11), jockeys at Kempton Park Racecourse were pictured wearing black armbands in honor of Hunt's loved ones.

GettyImages-2161500031.jpgMembers of the racing and broadcasting community have paid tribute. Credit: Alan Crowhurst / Getty

GettyImages-2161500030.jpgJockeys at Kempton Park wear black armbands in support of John Hunt. Credit: Alan Crowhurst / Getty

BBC Radio broadcaster Mark Chapman has also been praised for the strength he showed while paying an emotional tribute to Hunt, which can be heard in the tweet below:


Julie Harrington, the chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), has added in a statement: "I am sure that, in this time of unimaginable grief for him, the racing family will rally around as we have seen many times before when one of our number is faced with great trauma."

During last night's Euros 2024 game between England and Spain, the ITV broadcast also took a moment to send condolences to John Hunt. Former England star Michael Owen also posted on social media following the nation's victory, writing: "And while the country celebrate, spare a thought for John Hunt.

"I can't remember feeling so utterly horrified in years."




Local councillor Laurence Brass, also told the BBC: "This is not something that happens in Bushey," he added. "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."

Our thoughts go out to the family and loved ones of those killed in the attacks, and the people of Bushey.

Featured image credit: Alan Crowhurst / Getty