Debden Park High School: Boy, 12, dead and five hurt in hit-and-run crash – BBC News

A 12-year-old boy has died and five others were injured in a hit-and-run crash near a school.

The crash happened near Debden Park High School in Loughton, Essex, at about 15:20 GMT.

Essex Police said it had launched a murder investigation.

Two 15-year-old boys, one 13-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl and a 53-year-old woman were also hurt but their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Police have appealed for help locating a silver Ford KA, which a spokesman said was “likely to have damage to [its] front” and failed to stop at the scene.

It is thought all the children were pupils at the school on Willingale Road.

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Det Ch Insp Rob Kirby, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, called the crash “a truly shocking incident” and appealed for dash-cam footage.

“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,” he added.

Insp Rob Brettell said: “We are trying to locate and find a silver Ford KA which is likely to have damage to the front of the car.”

He urged anyone who has seen the car or knows where it is to contact the force.

Willingale Road cannot be accessed from junctions on either side of the school and the area remains cordoned off.

A service will be held at St John’s Church in Loughton from 20:00.

Father Sam Stuart added it would also be open on Tuesday “for prayer, lighting candles and if anyone needs to talk”.

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