Hit-and-run death ‘link’ to earlier incident
MURDER probe detectives investigating the hit-and-run death of a 12-year-old boy as he left school believe the suspect may have planned a similar attack nearby moments earlier.
Essex Police said they received reports of a car mounting the pavement near Roding Valley High School in
Loughton roughly 10 minutes before a vehicle ploughed into children outside nearby Debden Park High School at 3.20pm on Monday.
A 12-year-old boy, named locally as Harley Watson, suffered fatal injuries while six others – including five children – were injured.
A 51-year-old man remains in police custody on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and other motoring offences.
Detective Chief Inspector Rob Kirby said the suspect was arrested in a vehicle in the car park of the Merry Fiddler pub in Fiddlers Hamlet at 11pm on Monday, and appealed for anyone with information or dash cam footage to contact police. The arrest came after detectives appealed to find Loughton man Terry Glover over the incident.
Head teacher Helen Gascoyne said the school had been “devastated” by the death of one of its students, and that pupils would be offered counselling.
Police search teams make their way along Willingale Road in Loughton, Essex, after a 12-year-old boy suffered fatal injuries after a car hurtled into a crowd of youngsters