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Murder investigation launched after 12-year-old boy dies in Loughton hit and run


12-year-old boy dies in hit and run outside Loughton school

By Hannah Hastings

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    A murder investigation has been launched after a 12-year-old boy died following a hit and run by a secondary school.
  • Emergency services were called to Willingale Road, Loughton, at 3:20pm today.
  • Several students from Debden Park High School are thought to be victims of the incident.
  • Sadly, Essex Police has now confirmed that a 12-year-old boy has died after being taken to hospital.
  • Reports on social media say that several children have been hit by a vehicle which mounted the road.
  • An air ambulance arrived on the scene shortly after.
  • Loughton Town Councillor and former town Mayor, Stephen Murray said: "This is very disturbing news to hear. Let's hope and pray for the very best outcomes when the picture clarifies."
  • Commuters are being advised to avoid the area where possible.
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  • If you witnessed the incident in Loughton today and you would feel able to provide a comment to Epping Forest Guardian, please get in touch by emailing