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Live Reporting

By Sarah Jenkins and Mark Bulstrode

All times stated are UK

  1. Our live updates have come to an end

    We'll leave you with the key points after what police described as an "incredibly difficult day" in Loughton:

    • A boy, 12, has been killed in what police called as a "deliberate" hit-and-run crash near a secondary school
    • Five others - four teens and a woman - were injured
    • Police want to trace Terry Glover, 51, from Loughton, in connection with the incident
    • A silver Ford KA failed to stop after the crash
    • Debden Park High School confirmed the boy killed in the crash was one of its pupils

    You can read back here to catch up on what happened.

    For the latest updates overnight, follow our news story.

  2. 'A very, very difficult event'

    The rector of Loughton has expressed his "thoughts and prayers" to those caught up in the incident.

    Reverend Chris Davies opened up St John's Church in Loughton and said people were "upset and anxious" about what happened.

    Reverend Chris Davies

    "It is a very, very difficult event," he said.

    "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."

  3. Officers working through the night after 'incredibly difficult day'

    Police officers across Essex will be working "through the night and into tomorrow", Ch Supt Tracey Harman said.

    She appealed for anyone with information about the whereabouts of 51-year-old Terry Glover or the silver Ford KA to call 999 and quote the incident number 726 of Monday 2 December.

    Ch supt Harman said the force's thoughts are with the 12-year-old victim's family, friends and all those who were injured or affected by what happened.

    "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," she said.

  4. Police investigating connection to 'another incident nearby'

    Essex Police said it is "investigating whether or not this incident may be connected to another incident nearby".

    Ch Supt Tracey Harman said the crash near Debden Park High School was a "terrible incident".

    She said: "We are releasing the name of a man who we want to speak to in connection with the investigation.

    "This is a local man - 51-year-old Terry Glover, from Loughton."

    Ch Supt Harman said officers had searched "a number of addresses" to find Mr Glover but the search for him and silver KA with the registration LS08 OKW continues.

    "I would like to make a direct plea to Mr Glover if he is watching or listening to this. Contact us - we need to speak to you," she said.

  5. Police still hunting Ford KA

    Officers are still appealing for information regarding a silver Ford KA which was involved in the crash.

    Ch Supt Tracey Harman said the car's registration number is LS08 OKW.

  6. Crash thought to be 'deliberate'

    Essex Police have said they want to speak to 51-year-old Terry Glover in connection with the crash which killed a 12-year-old boy.

    Ch Supt Tracey Harman told a media briefing the incident is thought the have been a "deliberate" crash.

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  7. BreakingPolice want to speak to 51-year-old man over Loughton crash

    Police want to speak to 51-year-old Terry Glover about what is thought to have been a "deliberate" crash which killed a 12-year-old boy, Chief Superintendent Tracey Harman, of Essex Police, said.

  8. Victim says car 'sped up and drove on to pavement'

    A 15-year-old boy who was injured in the incident said he heard a car "revving" behind him before it sped up and mounted the pavement.

    The boy, who also attends Debden Park High School, is being treated for injuries to his arm, back, leg and head in hospital. He said everything "really hurt", especially his leg.

    The GCSE student, who is accompanied by his mother in hospital, told the BBC he was walking with his friend, who was thrown over the bonnet of the car. He said his friend was in hospital.

    He said the Ford KA deliberately aimed for them but does not remember much more.

  9. An 'outstanding' school

    We heard from Helen Gascoyne, the head of Debden Park High School, in a statement earlier.

    She spoke of being "devastated" to confirm the death of a 12-year-old pupil.

    Here's a bit of background on the school.

    It's a mixed academy school for pupils aged 11 to 18, which specialises in the performing arts.

    It received a rating of "outstanding" in its most recent Ofsted inspection, according to its prospectus.

  10. Headlines round-up

    Here's how some other news outlets are reporting what's happened in Loughton:

  11. What we know so far

    • The crash happened near Debden Park High School in Loughton, Essex, at about 15:20 GMT
    • A 12-year-old boy who was a pupil at the school died in hospital
    • Five others were injured: Two 15-year-old boys, one 13-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl and a 53-year-old woman. Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening
    • Essex Police is hunting a silver Ford KA in connection with the murder investigation
    • The force said the driver "failed to stop" following the incident
    • Police are due to hold a media briefing at 21:40
    • Officers are urging anyone with dashcam footage, CCTV or any information to contact them on 101, 999 or via Crimestoppers
  12. 'An incredibly difficult scene'

    Insp Rob Brettell, of Essex Police, said officers were met with an "incredibly difficult scene".

    Writing on Twitter, he appealed for help in tracing the Ford KA that failed to stop after the collision.

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  13. Statement from head of Debden Park High School

    The head of Debden Park High School has released a statement regarding the incident in which a 12-year-old student died.

    Helen 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... 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."

  14. BreakingDebden Park High School confirms pupil killed

    The head of Debden Park High School has confirmed the 12-year-old boy killed in the incident was a pupil at the school.

  15. Police due to hold media briefing

    Essex Police has said it will hold a media briefing later this evening.

    The force said Ch Supt Tracey Harman will be speaking about the murder investigation at about 21:40 GMT.

  16. Eyewitness: Police 'rapidly at scene'

    Charlotte Rose

    BBC Essex

    A man who lives near the scene of the incident said police arrived "rapidly".

    Sebastian Fontanelle said he heard lots of sirens and saw the air ambulance land at about 16:00 GMT.

    Sebastian Fontanelle
  17. Church holding Mass after 'horrific events'

    A church in Loughton will be holding a Mass service at 20:00 GMT after the "horrific events this evening".

    Father Sam Stuart said St John's Church Loughton would also be open tomorrow "for prayer, lighting candles and if anyone needs to talk".

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  18. At the scene: Officers guarding road

    Charlotte Rose

    BBC Essex

    The crash happened at about 15:30 GMT, which is about the time pupils would be exiting the school.

    I'm standing at one end of Willingdale Road, which is closed between Rookwood Avenue and Audley Gardens.

    There are four uniformed police officers guarding the end of the road.

    The officers are only allowing residents into that road if they can prove they live there.

  19. 'Truly shocking incident'

    Essex Police said officers were "working diligently" to identify the driver of the Ford KA who "failed to stop at the scene".

    Det Ch Insp Rob Kirby said: "This has been a truly shocking incident and my deepest sympathies are with all those involved.

    "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.

    "I would urge anyone with information, dashcam footage, or who may have seen anything on social media that they think could be crucial, to call us on 101 and quote incident number 726 of 2 December."