Mur­der probe af­ter hit-and-run

Scottish Daily Mail - - The Brexmas Election - By Arthur Martin

A BOY of 12 was killed and five peo­ple were in­jured when a car mounted the pave­ment out­side a school yes­ter­day.

Po­lice have be­gun a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion and are hunt­ing for the driver of the sil­ver Ford Ka, who sped off af­ter the crash.

Hundreds of chil­dren were walk­ing out of the gates at Deb­den High School in Loughton, Es­sex, when the car hur­tled to­wards them at 3.20pm.

The ve­hi­cle flung pupils into the air, while oth­ers man­aged to leap out of the way. The 12-year-old boy was taken to hos­pi­tal but doc­tors were un­able to save the young­ster.

Es­sex Po­lice said two 15-year-old boys, a 13-year-old boy, a girl of 16 and a 53-year-old woman were ei­ther treated at the scene or taken to hos­pi­tal af­ter the in­ci­dent, which was not thought to be linked to ter­ror­ism.

Their in­juries are not said to be life-threat­en­ing. All the chil­dren in­volved at­tended Deb­den High School, po­lice said. A fa­ther, whose daugh­ter was hit by the car, said: ‘Her friend was bounced on to the bon­net be­fore an­other boy was hit very badly.

‘The car drove off and the po­lice ar­rived quickly. My daugh­ter is safe, but the wing mir­ror clipped her.’

One wit­ness de­scribed the driver – thought to be male – as a ‘ma­niac’ and an­other said there was ‘ut­ter pan­de­mo­nium and panic’.

In­spec­tor Rob Bret­tell said the case was likely to be a ‘pro­longed and se­ri­ous in­ves­ti­ga­tion’ and urged wit­nesses to come for­ward.

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