Emotional tributes have been paid to 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.
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.
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.
He is also accused of six offences of causing serious injury by driving, failing to stop at the scene of a collision and driving without insurance
The arrest came after detectives appealed to find Loughton man Terry Glover over the incident.
According to the BBC, Rev Chris Davies spent the morning at the school where Harley was a pupil, a church spokesman confirmed.
“It is a very, very difficult event,” he said on Monday.
“It’s not something you expect to happen in a place like Loughton and the number of children who witnessed it were very upset.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the families concerned and all at the school.”
Tearful parents and pupils have laid floral bouquets near the entrance to the school.
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