Hit-and-run out­side school kills boy, 12

The Daily Telegraph - - Front Page - By Daily Tele­graph Re­porter

A 12-year-old boy has died af­ter a hit-and-run col­li­sion near his school. Po­lice have launched a mur­der in­quiry af­ter the in­ci­dent out­side Deb­den Park High School in Loughton, Es­sex, yes­ter­day. Five other peo­ple were in­jured but their con­di­tions are not be­lieved to be life-threat­en­ing. Es­sex Po­lice said of­fi­cers were called to the in­ci­dent in­volv­ing a sil­ver Ford shortly af­ter 3.20pm. He­len Gas­coyne, the head teacher, said coun­sel­lors will be avail­able to sup­port stu­dents.

PO­LICE were last search­ing for a 51-year-old man in con­nec­tion with the “de­lib­er­ate” hit-and-run col­li­sion in which a 12-year-old was killed.

Four teenagers, who are thought to be pupils at Deb­den Park High School in Loughton, and a 53-year-old woman were also in­jured when the ve­hi­cle ploughed into them out­side the school.

He­len Gas­coyne, the school’s head, said the com­mu­nity is “dev­as­tated” by the death of one of its stu­dents.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Tracey Har­man last night urged 51-year-old Terry Glover from Loughton to hand him­self in and re­vealed they are search­ing for a Ford KA with the regis­tra­tion LS08 OKW.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether it is con­nected to a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent, amid claims a car tried to mount the kerb near an­other school in the area.

She said: “At Es­sex Po­lice and on be­half of all of those called to the school our thoughts are with ... his fam­ily and friends and all those af­fected by what hap­pened this af­ter­noon.

“This has been an in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult day for the com­mu­nity and we ask ev­ery­body to con­tinue to show their kind­ness and brav­ery that we have seen today. We be­lieve that the col­li­sion was de­lib­er­ate and as such we have launched a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

She said po­lice had searched a num­ber of ad­dresses in an at­tempt to find Mr Glover.

Ch Supt Har­man said: “I would like to make a di­rect plea to Mr Glover, if he is watch­ing or lis­ten­ing to this: please con­tact us. We need to talk to you.”

Po­lice were called to the scene shortly af­ter the end of the school day, at around 3.20pm yes­ter­day.

Es­sex and Herts Air Am­bu­lance medics as­sisted staff from East of Eng­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice, while mem­bers of the pub­lic also gave med­i­cal help at the scene.

A 12-year-old boy was taken to hos­pi­tal where he died – while two 15-yearold boys, a 13-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl and a 53-year-old woman were also hurt.

Es­sex Po­lice said they were treated at the scene or in hos­pi­tal, and their in­juries are not be­lieved to be life-chang­ing or life-threat­en­ing.

Deb­den Park is a mixed academy school for pupils aged 11 to 18, which spe­cialises in the per­form­ing arts and re­ceived a rat­ing of “out­stand­ing” in its most re­cent Of­sted in­spec­tion, ac­cord­ing to its prospec­tus.

A man whose daugh­ter es­caped in­jury af­ter be­ing clipped by the car’s wing mir­ror told Es­sex Live: “A Ford KA mounted the pave­ment be­hind her. Her friend was bounced onto the bon­net be­fore an­other boy was hit very bad.

“The car drove off down the road and the po­lice ar­rived quickly. My daugh­ter is safe, but the wing mir­ror clipped my daugh­ter. Her friend got thrown off the bon­net.

“It was aw­ful to wit­ness. Ev­ery­one is in shock.’

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