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Police launch murder probe after boy killed as car ploughs into schoolchildren

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 02/12/2019 David Bentley
a car driving on a city street filled with lots of traffic: The scene in Willingale Road, Loughton, Essex, after a fatal hit-and-run © Phil Harris The scene in Willingale Road, Loughton, Essex, after a fatal hit-and-run

Essex Police have launched a murder investigation after a 12-year-old boy died in a hit-and-run collision near his school on Monday.

The statement said: "We have launched a murder investigation following a fatal collision near a school in Loughton.

"We were called just after 3.20pm this afternoon, Monday 2 December, to reports that a number of pedestrians had been involved in an incident with a silver KA on Willingale Road.

"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 scene or were taken to hospital following the incident.

a car parked on a city street: Police at the scene of the fatal collision in Willingale Road, Loughton © Phil Harris Police at the scene of the fatal collision in Willingale Road, Loughton

"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 on Willingale Road.

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

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."

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