Man held over fatal school hit-and-run in Loughton was found asleep in car as cops probe link to crash at ANOTHER school – The Sun

A MAN held for the murder of a 12-year-old boy after a hit-and-run at a school was found asleep in a car – as cops probe a crash at ANOTHER school.

Harley Watson, 12, was killed and five other students were injured in a crash as they left Debden Park High School in Loughton, Essex, at 3.20pm yesterday.




Among the injured were four boys aged 12, 13 and two aged 15, along with a 16-year-old girl and 23-year-old woman.

A 51-year-old man, from Loughton, was arrested on suspicion of murder and six counts of attempted murder at 11pm yesterday after he was found asleep in a pub car park five miles away.

A similar-looking car reportedly mounted the pavement near Roding Valley High School, just two miles from Debden Park High School, about 10 minutes before the fatal hit-and-run.

Police believe the two incidents may be linked.

'ASLEEP IN PUB CAR PARK'

Staff at the Merry Fiddler, in the village of Fiddler's Hamlet five miles away, say they called the police after seeing the suspect apparently asleep in the pub car park.

Roy James, 68, whose son is the pub's landlord, said: "My son rang the police. He saw this car while we were locking up.

"All the windows were steamed up and it looked like the bloke was asleep but we didn't know how long it had been there for."

Mr James said his son matched the registration number and car to the one circulating on social media, before calling the cops at around 10pm.

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