A manhunt has been launched following a hit-and-run crash outside a school which left a 12-year-old boy dead. Essex Police are looking to speak to Terry Glover, 51, over a crash which killed a boy outside Debden Park High School, in Loughton, on Monday. Chief Superintendent Tracey Harman said the force believed the collision “was deliberate” and that a…
A manhunt has been launched following a hit-and-run crash outside a school which left a 12-year-old boy dead.
Chief Superintendent Tracey Harman said the force believed the collision “was deliberate” and that a murder investigation had been launched.
Detectives are also investigating whether or not the incident may be connected to another incident nearby, she added.
Four teenagers, who are thought to be pupils at the school, and a 53-year-old woman were also injured when the vehicle ploughed into them.
Helen Gascoyne, the school’s head, said the community is “devastated” by the death of one of its students.
Officers are also trying to trace a silver Ford Ka, with the registration LS08 OKW, believed to have been involved in the crash in Willingale Road.
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.
Addressing reporters on Monday night, Chief Superintendent Harman explained: “This has been an incredibly difficult day for the local community, and we ask everyone to continue to show the kindness and bravery that we have seen today, and to respect the privacy of all those involved.”
Chief Superintendent Harman said the force wanted to speak to Glover, from Loughton, in connection with the investigation.
She said officers have searched number of addresses in an attempt to find him, but they had so far been unsuccessful.
“Our searches for him, and a silver Ford KA with the registration LS08 OKW, are continuing,” she said.
“I’d like to make a direct plea to Mr Glover if he’s watching or listening to this: please come forward and talk to us.”
Debden Park is a mixed academy school for pupils aged 11 to 18, which specialises in the performing arts and received a rating of “outstanding” in its most recent Ofsted inspection, according to its prospectus.
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.”
A police cordon remained in place along Willingale Road on Monday night manned by uniformed officers.
The cordon began metres from the entrance to Debden Park High School, near the junction of Jessel Drive.
An officer could be seen going door to door in the streets nearby.
Armed police could be seen outside a home on the corner of Newmans Lane and Hatfields in Loughton, where neighbours said Glover lived alone.
No lights were on in the property but two armed officers were stationed outside while a marked squad car was parked in the road.
Anyone with information about Mr Glover’s whereabouts or car is asked to call 999 immediately, quoting the incident number 726 of Monday 2 December.