Loughton crash – Boy, 12, lifeless in hit-and-run outside Debden Park …

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A 12-year-old boy has died in a horror hit-and-runcrash near a school today.

Two 15-year-old boys, one 13-year-old boy, one 16-year-old girl and a 53-year-old woman have suffered injuries in the same crash.

About Loughton
Loughton () is a town and civil parish in the Epping Forest District of Essex and, for statistical purposes, part of the metropolitan area of London and the Greater London Urban Area. It is located between 11 and 13 miles (21 km) north east of Charing Cross in London, south of the M25 and west of the M11 motorway and has boundaries with Chingford, Waltham Abbey, Theydon Bois, Chigwell and Buckhurst Hill. Loughton includes three conservation areas and there are 56 listed buildings in the town, together with a further 50 that are locally listed.
The parish of Loughton covers an area of about 3,724 acres (15 km2), of which over 1,300 acres (5 km2) are part of Epping Forest. The ancient parish contained over 3,900 acres (16 km2), but in 1996 some parts of the south of the old parish were transferred to Buckhurst Hill parish, and other small portions to Chigwell and Theydon Bois. At the time of the 2001 census Loughton had a population of 30,340, and at the 2011 Census, 31,106. It is the most populous civil parish in the Epping Forest district, and within Essex it is the second most populous civil parish (after Canvey Island) and the second largest in the area.

Loughton crash: Boy, 12, dead in hit-and-run outside Debden Park …

About crash:

A murder probe has now been launched after the silver Ford KA involved left the scene near Debden Park High School in Loughton, Essex.

The road remains closed in both directions and a large emergency services presence – reportedly including eight police cars – is still at the scene.

Loughton crash: Boy, 12, dead in hit-and-run outside Debden Park …

“We have launched a murder investigation following a fatal collision in Loughton earlier today. A 12-year-old boy has sadly died,” a police spokesman said.

“We are appealing for help to find a silver Ford KA in connection with the collision this afternoon in Willingale Road.

“Please help as per below from roads policing Inspector. Please do not speculate about those who may be involved. We will update when we are able.”

Pictures show the road closed and emergency services present
(Image: Phil Harris / Daily Mirror)

 

The victim is believed to have attended the school. The other teenagers, whose injuries are not life-changing or life-threatening, are pupils there.

The police statement added: “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.

“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 Wallingale 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.

Police have started a murder investigation
(Image: BPM Media)
Forensic teams have been seen near the school
(Image: Phil Harris)

“I would urge anyone with information, dash cam 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.”

“Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers in complete confidence on 0800 555 111 or by submitting a report through their website.”

One anonymous dad, whose daughter was hit by the car, claimed: “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.”

There are other schools, including primary ones, in the area.

Another resident said: “We came home around 4pm and there were absolutely loads of people here.

“Not just police, ambulances and a helicopter that landed over there [field along Maddox Drive].

“There are less now but we haven’t heard any details.”

A police car blocks a road after the crash
(Image: Phil Harris)

Lucy Tant said: “There was an accident with several children at Debden High School being run over.”

Loughton Town Councillor and former town Mayor, Stephen Murray, said: “This is very disturbing news to hear.

“Let’s hope and pray for the very best outcomes when the picture clarifies.”

Essex and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance has confirmed the service has treated “a number of patients” at the scene.

Essex Police tweeted: “We are currently at the scene of a serious collision on Willingale Road, Loughton.

“The road cannot be accessed from junctions on either side of Debden Park High School.

“Closure runs between Rookwood Ave and Audley Gardens.

“Please avoid the area where possible.”

Roads are closed as police probe the crash
(Image: Phil Harris / Daily Mirror)

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The account since posted: “We remain at the scene of this collision in Loughton and the picture is fast moving.

“We would urge people not to speculate on the circumstances or people involved. We must make sure our updates are accurate.”

Debden Park High School serves more than 1,000 children aged between 11 and 18.