Loughton Hit-and-Run | A man has been arrested.

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Reports BBC News

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a 12-year-old boy outside a school in Loughton.

The man, aged 51, was also detained on susicion of attempted murder following the incident that left four other teenagers and a 23-year-old woman injured.

The incident took place outside Debden Park High School in Loughton, Essex in the midst of the end of school rush at around 3.20pm GMT on Monday 2nd December.

Essex Police said officers were looking for a silver Ford KA that was “likely to have damage to [its] front”.

Earlier, the force took the step of naming Terry Glover, 51, as someone they wanted to speak to in connection with the crash.

It is understood that all of the injured children – two 15-year-old boys, a 13-year-old boy, and a girl, 16 – are pupils at the school.

Debden Park’s head teacher Helen Gascoyne, said: “Our thoughts are with the family and all those affected.

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

‘A young life so tragically lost’

Christian Cavanagh, executive head teacher, described the boy’s death as “a young life so tragically lost”.

He said: “This young man had made his mark on the school and was liked and loved by staff and students.

“We will consult with the family and our school community to decide how best to commemorate his life.”

Essex Police cordon off the area of the incident on Monday afternoon | Image: BBC

Det Chief Insp Rob Kirby described the crash as “truly shocking” 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 said.

The crash happened on Willingale Road, which cannot be accessed from junctions on either side of the school and remains cordoned off.

Debden Park High School | Image: Google Maps

It was earlier reported by Essex Police that the injured woman was aged 53.

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