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Family pay tribute to ‘lovely’ Harley Watson, 12, killed in ‘deliberate’ hit-and-run

Harley Watson
Harley Watson, 12, was killed as he walked dwelling from college (Picture: PA)

The household of a boy who died after being hit by a car in Loughton have mentioned they’re ‘devastated’ by his dying.

Harley Watson, 12, was strolling dwelling from Debden Park High School, in Essex, when he was ‘deliberately’ hit by a Ford KA, which had mounted the pavement.

Today his kin described him as a ‘good, kind, helpful and lovely boy’ in an announcement shared by Essex Police.

They mentioned: ‘We are so devastated by what has occurred. Harley was a very good, form, useful and wonderful boy.

‘We would like to thank everyone for their kind wishes and concern. However as a family we would like people to respect our privacy and allow us to grieve in peace.’

Harley Watson, 12, who was killed outside school in Essex
The 12-year-old was hit by the car after it mounted the pavement
Police search teams make their way along Willingale Road in Loughton, Essex, near to Debden Park High School, as a murder investigation has been launched after a 12-year-old boy who was mowed down as he left school with his friends in what police believe was a deliberate hit-and-run crash. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 3, 2019. The pupil, named locally as Harley Watson, suffered fatal injuries after a car hurtled into a crowd of youngsters outside the school, on Monday afternoon. Two 15-year-old boys, a 13-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl, a 12-year-old boy and a 23-year-old woman were also injured, Essex Police said. A 51-year-old man remains in police custody on suspicion of murder, six counts of attempted murder and one of causing death by dangerous driving. See PA story POLICE Loughton. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Harley’s household described him as a ‘good, kind, helpful and lovely boy’ (Picture: PA)

Last night time a person, 51, was arrested by Essex Police on suspicion of homicide, six counts of tried homicide and one in every of inflicting dying by harmful driving.

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He can be dealing with fees of together with inflicting critical harm by driving, failing to cease on the scene of a collision and driving with out insurance coverage.

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Five youngsters, all believed to be pupils of Debden Park High School, had been additionally injured in the collision, which passed off round 3.20pm on December 2.

A 53-year-old lady was additionally harm, however police mentioned not one of the accidents brought on are believed to be life-changing or life-threatening.

Today head instructor Helen Gascoyne mentioned the college had been ‘devastated’ by Harley’s dying and would offer counselling to pupils.

Floral bouquets left near the entrance to Debden Park High School, in Willingale Road, Loughton, Essex, as a murder investigation has been launched after a 12-year-old boy who was mowed down as he left the school with his friends in what police believe was a deliberate hit-and-run crash. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 3, 2019. The pupil, named locally as Harley Watson, suffered fatal injuries after a car hurtled into a crowd of youngsters outside the school, on Monday afternoon. Two 15-year-old boys, a 13-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl, a 12-year-old boy and a 23-year-old woman were also injured, Essex Police said. A 51-year-old man remains in police custody on suspicion of murder, six counts of attempted murder and one of causing death by dangerous driving. See PA story POLICE Loughton. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Flowers and messages have been positioned by the scene (Picture: PA)
Police outside a property in Newmans Lane, Loughton, Essex, after a 51-year-old man remains in police custody on suspicion of murder, six counts of attempted murder and one of causing death by dangerous driving, following the death of a 12-year-old boy who was mowed down as he left school with his friends in what police believe was a deliberate hit-and-run crash. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 3, 2019. The arrest came after detectives appealed to find Loughton man Terry Glover over the incident. The pupil, named locally as Harley Watson, suffered fatal injuries after a car hurtled into a crowd of youngsters outside Debden Park High School in Loughton, Essex, on Monday afternoon. See PA story POLICE Loughton. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire Floral bouquets left near the entrance to Debden Park High School, in Willingale Road, Loughton, Essex, as a murder investigation has been launched after a 12-year-old boy who was mowed down as he left the school with his friends in what police believe was a deliberate hit-and-run crash. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 3, 2019. The pupil, named locally as Harley Watson, suffered fatal injuries after a car hurtled into a crowd of youngsters outside the school, on Monday afternoon. Two 15-year-old boys, a 13-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl, a 12-year-old boy and a 23-year-old woman were also injured, Essex Police said. A 51-year-old man remains in police custody on suspicion of murder, six counts of attempted murder and one of causing death by dangerous driving. See PA story POLICE Loughton. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
A person was arrested by police final night time (Picture: PA)

She continued: ‘Our thoughts are with the family and all those affected. As a school we continue to work with the police supporting the ongoing investigation.’

Chief Superintendent Tracey Harman informed reporters on Monday night time that officers believed the collision had been deliberate.

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She confirmed {that a} homicide investigation had been launched, and could possibly be related to one other incident close by.

A police cordon remained in place alongside Willingale Road on Monday night time manned by uniformed officers.

Armed police is also seen outdoors a house on the nook of Newmans Lane and Hatfields in Loughton, the place neighbours mentioned Glover lived alone.

No lights had been on in the property however two armed officers had been stationed outdoors whereas a marked squad car was parked in the street.

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