MUR­DER PROBE: BOY, 12, MOWN DOWN IN SCHOOL HIT AND RUN

Daily Express - - Front Page - By Andy Lines

A BOY aged 12 was killed yes­ter­day af­ter a “ma­niac” drove his car into crowds of chil­dren out­side a se­condary school.

Po­lice last night con­firmed they were treat­ing the in­ci­dent as mur­der.

Shocked wit­nesses said the driver had tried to mow down pupils at a dif­fer­ent school nearby just min­utes ear­lier.

A spokesman for Es­sex Po­lice said: “We have launched a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion fol­low­ing a fa­tal col­li­sion in Loughton.A 12-year-old boy has sadly died.”

The driver is be­lieved to have fled the scene and a man­hunt had be­gun last night. Four pupils were in­jured and a 53-year-old woman.

Col­li­sion

Stunned fa­ther Dar­ren Lock said: “A ma­niac in a sil­ver Ford Ka tried to run over chil­dren at one school, be­fore be­ing suc­cess­ful out­side my daugh­ter’s school.”

Natasha De Oliveira Ro­drigues said: “Can’t be­lieve there are evil peo­ple out there that could do this sort of thing.”

Loughton town coun­cil­lor Stephen Mur­ray said: “This is very dis­turb­ing news to hear. Let’s hope and pray for the very best out­comes when the pic­ture clar­i­fies.”

The col­li­sion hap­pened near Deb­den Park High School.

Min­utes ear­lier a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent had been re­ported at nearby Rod­ing Val­ley High School.

Eight po­lice cars and five am­bu­lances were at the scene while Es­sex & Herts Air Am­bu­lance said it had treated “a num­ber of pa­tients”.

In a state­ment last night, the po­lice said: “We have launched a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion fol­low­ing a fa­tal col­li­sion near a school in #Loughton.

“We were called just af­ter 3.20pm yes­ter­day to re­ports that a num­ber of pedes­tri­ans had been in­volved in an in­ci­dent with a sil­ver Ka. A 12-year-old lo­cal boy was taken to hos­pi­tal, where he sadly died.

“A num­ber of other ca­su­al­ties were re­ported, but none are be­lieved to be life-chang­ing or life-threat­en­ing.

“They were ei­ther treated at the scene or were taken to hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent.

“These in­clude two 15-year-old boys, one 13-year-old boy, one 16-year-old girl and a 53-year-old woman.

“We be­lieve that all of the teenagers were pupils at Deb­den

Park High School.

“Of­fi­cers from across the county are work­ing dili­gently to iden­tify the ve­hi­cle, and its driver, who failed to stop at the scene.”

Es­sex Po­lice are ap­peal­ing for help to find a sil­ver Ford Ka fol­low­ing the col­li­sion.

In­spec­tor Rob Bret­tell added: “We are try­ing to lo­cate and find a sil­ver Ford Ka which is likely to have dam­age to the front of the car.

“If you have seen this, know where it is or be­lieve you can help please ur­gently con­tact @ Es­sexPo­liceUK on 999.”

De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Rob Kirby, of the Kent and Es­sex Se­ri­ous Crime Direc­torate, said: “This has been a truly shock­ing in­ci­dent and my deep­est sym­pa­thies are with all those in­volved.

“I would like to thank the many mem­bers of the public who have called us with in­for­ma­tion and spo­ken to our of­fi­cers, as well as those who pro­vided cru­cial med­i­cal as­sis­tance at the scene.

“I would urge any­one with in­for­ma­tion, dash cam footage, or who may have seen any­thing on so­cial me­dia that they think could be cru­cial, to call us.”

Those who have in­for­ma­tion but wish to re­main anony­mous can call Crimestop­pers in con­fi­dence on 0800 555111 or by sub­mit­ting a re­port through their web­site.

A mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been launched fol­low­ing the fa­tal in­ci­dent near Deb­den Park High School in Es­sex

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