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Boy killed in hit-and-run outside Essex school

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Police have launched a murder investigation after the 12-year-old was struck outside Debden Park High School in Loughton.

A murder probe has been launched after a 12-year-old boy was killed as a car ploughed into children near an Essex school.

Four teenagers, who are thought to be pupils at Debden Park High School in Loughton, and a 53-year-old woman were also injured in the hit-and-run collision.

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

Graphic locates Debden Park High School in Loughton
(PA Graphics)

Inspector Rob Brettell of Essex Police’s serious collision investigation unit said there is likely to be some damage to the front of the car.

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

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-year-old boys, a 13-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl and a 53-year-old woman were also hurt.

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Hit and run outside Essex school
Police stand on the corner of Jessel Drive and Willingale Road (Rick Findler/PA)

Detective Chief Inspector Rob Kirby 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.

“I would urge anyone with information, dashcam footage, or who may have seen anything on social media that they think could be crucial to call us on 101 and quote incident number 726 of 2 December.”

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Mr Brettell said on Twitter it is likely to be a “prolonged and serious investigation”.

Hit and run outside Essex school
The scene near Debden Park High School (Rick Findler/PA)

A statement from Ms Gascoyne said: “As a school and a community we are devastated to say that as a result of the incident in Willingale Road this afternoon, it is with great sadness that we must report that a 12-year-old student from our school has sadly died.

“Our thoughts are with the family and all those affected. As a school we continue to work with the police supporting the ongoing investigation.

“The school will be open tomorrow with a number of counsellors on hand to support our community.”

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