Man charged with murdering Harley Watson in Loughton

Harley Watson Image copyright Essex Police
Image caption Harley Watson's family described him as a "good, kind, helpful and lovely boy"

A man has been accused of murdering a 12-year-old boy who was killed in a hit-and-run crash outside a school.

Harley Watson died after being struck by a car near Debden Park High School in Loughton, Essex, on Monday.

Terence Glover, 51, of Newmans Lane in Loughton, has been charged with murder, 10 counts of attempted murder and dangerous driving.

He is due to appear before magistrates in Chelmsford on Friday.

The 10 charges of attempted murder relate to a 23-year-old woman, six boys and three girls who were also injured in the collision, said Essex Police.

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Image caption Debden Park High School opened the day after Harley's death for staff and pupils to support each other

Harley's family described him as a "good, kind, helpful and lovely boy", adding: "We are so devastated by what has happened."

In a statement earlier this week, they said: "We are so devastated by what has happened.

"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."

'Commemorate Harley's life'

Det Ch Insp Rob Kirby thanked the local community for their help since Monday's "tragic event", and urged anyone with information to come forward.

Christian Cavanagh, executive head teacher, described Harley's death as "a young life so tragically lost".

He said: "This young man had made his mark on the school and was liked and loved by staff and students.

"We will consult with the family and our school community to decide how best to commemorate his life."

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