Hit-and-run death ‘link’ to ear­lier in­ci­dent

Manchester Evening News - - NATIONAL -

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

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