John Hunt's BBC colleague breaks down while commentating in build-up to England v Netherlands

Mark Chapman
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Mark Chapman led the build-up to England's match with the Netherlands with an emotional tribute to racing commentator John Hunt.

The sports commentator was back on BBC Five Live this Wednesday, July 10, as he geared up for the Euro 2024 semi-final, but before he began his commentary, Mark halted his show to react to the deaths of John Hunt's family.

John's wife and two daughters were found dead in a suspected horrific crossbow attack. Taking the reigns of his show, Mark said: "Today has been a heart-breaking day. John Hunt is our colleague and our friend, not just to the current 5live sport team but to all of those who worked here with him for the past 20 years and also to all of you who have enjoyed his commentaries."

He added, with his voice breaking: "And so, on behalf of everyone connected to Five Live sport, our love and thoughts and support are with John and his family.", reports the Mirror.

Hertfordshire Police have now confirmed that Kyle Clifford, 26, the suspect in a triple murder case, was discovered in north London's Enfield area by officers on Wednesday afternoon.

Kyle is currently under medical care after being found with injuries. Authorities have stated that no police gunfire occurred during his apprehension.

"This continues to be an incredibly difficult time for the victims' family and we would ask that their privacy is respected as they come to terms with what has happened," Detective Inspector Justine Jenkins from the 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."

Kyle Clifford
John Hunt 'found wife and two daughters shot dead at home with a crossbow'

"Following extensive inquiries, the suspect has been located and nobody else is being sought in connection with the investigation at this time," he continued.

"We have had an overwhelming number of calls and would like to express our gratitude to the members of the public who have contacted us. We would still appeal for anyone with information or footage to please contact police directly and refrain from commenting on social media as this could affect the progress of the case."

"We have set up an information portal where people can submit any information, photos or video footage which they feel could assist us with our investigation."

"This incident will of course be of concern to local residents. Additional local officers will be in the area today so please do speak to them if you need to," he concluded.