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Update: Tuesday 3 December
Chief Supt Tracey Harman said: “The events of yesterday in Willingale Road have seen trauma and distress brought to the community in Loughton after a 12-year-old boy was killed and a number of people injured following a collision with a car.
The boy has been named as Harley Watson, 12, was described by his school as “liked and loved
“I have seen first-hand the impact this incident has had locally and we continue to progress this live investigation which has seen a 51-year-old man arrested on suspicion of a number of offences including murder.
“We are examining a number of enquiries, including where there has been previous contact between Essex Police and the man we have arrested.
“I would continue to urge anyone who has any information, please come forward and speak to us.”
Following the collision in Willingale Road just after 3.20pm yesterday afternoon Monday 2 December, Essex Police received reports of a car mounting the pavement near Roding Valley High School, Alderton Hill, Loughton.
This incident is believed to have happened around ten minutes prior to the collision we were called to.
DCI Rob Kirby, senior investigating officer, said: “The incident near Roding Valley High School, believed to have happened in Brook Road, was reported to us after it became widely known we were dealing with a serious collision in Willingale Road. Our investigations have led us to establish that there may be connections between that incident and the one which has led us to establish a murder investigation.
“I am appealing for anyone who witnessed that incident to contact my team. I would also like to hear from anyone who saw a silver Ford KA travelling through Loughton between 2.40pm and 3.45pm yesterday to contact us, particularly if you have any CCTV or dash cam footage.
“I would like to remind people we have arrested a 51-year-old man who is in custody.
“He was arrested in a vehicle in the car park of the Merry Fiddler pub in Fiddlers Hamlet at 11pm last night. We have recovered a car and we do have a scene on there currently as part of our ongoing investigations.
“I keen to establish the journey the car took from Willingale Road to the car park of the Merry Fiddler pub.
“Again if you have any CCTV or dash cam footage please contact us.”