A 51-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 12-year-old boy was killed in a “deliberate” hit-and-run crash outside an Essex school.
As reported previously by Euro Weekly News, six other people – including five children – were injured in the incident near Debden Park High School.
Essex Police said the Loughton man has also been arrested on six counts of attempted murder and one of causing death by dangerous driving.
He also faces charges including causing serious injury by driving, failing to stop at the scene of a collision and driving without insurance.
Speaking at a press conference near the scene, Chief Superintendent Tracey Harman, of Essex Police, said:
“A man has been arrested following a fatal collision in Loughton earlier today, Monday 2 December.
The 51-year-old, from Loughton, was arrested on suspicion of murder, six offences of attempted murder, one offence of causing death by dangerous driving, six offences of causing serious injury by driving, failing to stop at the scene of a collision and driving without insurance.
There is no wider threat to the public at this time, but we continue to ask anyone with information to come forward and assist with our enquiries.”
The arrest came after police earlier said they were searching for a local man from Loughton identified as Terry Glover over the incident that happened shortly after the end of the school day, at around 3.20pm on Monday.
Four teenagers thought to be pupils at Debden Park High School in Loughton and a 53-year-old woman were also injured when the car ploughed into them.
Essex Police said they victims were treated at the scene or in hospital, and their injuries were not believed to be life-changing or life-threatening.
Chief Superintendent Tracey Harman said: “We believe that the collision was deliberate and as such we have launched a murder investigation.
We continue to urge media and members of the public not to speculate about this incident or anyone who may have been involved.
We have launched a murder investigation following a fatal collision in #Loughton earlier today, Monday 2 December.
A 12-year-old boy has sadly died.
Anyone with information is asked to call us on 101 and quote incident number 726 of Monday 2 December. https://t.co/3rbpyRaidr
— Essex Police (@EssexPoliceUK) December 2, 2019
Emergency services were called at about 15:20 GMT after the crash happened close to Debden Park High School.
Officers are also looking for a silver Ford KA that was “likely to have damage to [its] front” and had failed to stop at the scene.
It is understood that all of the injured children are pupils at the school, on Willingale Road.
Debden Park’s head teacher Helen Gascoyne, stated she was “devastated” to confirm the boy who died was a student at the school.
“Our thoughts are with the family and all those affected… The school will be open [on Tuesday] with a number of counsellors on hand to support our community,” she said as reported by local press.
Father Sam Stuart informed that St John’s Church in Loughton would be open on Tuesday “for prayer, lighting candles and if anyone needs to talk”.