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Driver in court over ‘hit-and-run murder’ of Harley Watson, 12

Terence Glover is also charged with 10 counts of attempted murder after a car ploughed into pupils outside Debden Park High School in Essex.

Chairman of Epping Forest District Council Councillor Richard Bassett, looks at floral bouquets left at the entrance to Debden Park High School, in Willingale Road, Loughton, Essex, as a murder investigation has been launched after a 12-year-old boy who was mowed down as he left the school with his friends in what police believe was a deliberate hit-and-run crash. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 3, 2019. The pupil, named locally as Harley Watson, suffered fatal injuries after a car hurtled into a crowd of youngsters outside the school, 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. See PA story POLICE Loughton. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire
Chairman of Epping Forest District Council Councillor Richard Bassett, looks at floral bouquets left at the entrance to Debden Park High School, in Willingale Road, Loughton, Essex, as a murder investigation has been launched after a 12-year-old boy who was mowed down as he left the school with his friends in what police believe was a deliberate hit-and-run crash. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 3, 2019. The pupil, named locally as Harley Watson, suffered fatal injuries after a car hurtled into a crowd of youngsters outside the school, 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. See PA story POLICE Loughton. Photo credit should read: Rick Findler/PA Wire

By Sam Russell, PA

A 51-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a 12-year-old boy killed in a hit-and-run outside his school in Essex.

Harley Watson died in hospital after a vehicle ploughed into children who were leaving Debden Park High School, in Loughton, shortly before 3.20pm December 2.

Terence Glover, of Newmans Lane, Loughton, appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Friday charged with his murder.

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Harley Watson was killed in a hit and run (Essex Police/PA)

The defendant is also charged with 10 counts of attempted murder and one of driving a Ford Ka dangerously.

The 10 counts of attempted murder relate to 23-year-old Raquel Jimeno and six boys and three girls aged between 12 and 16 who were hurt in the collision in Willingale Road, Essex Police said.

Glover, who appeared in the secure dock flanked by two security officers, spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address, and to state his nationality as British, during the three-minute hearing.

The defendant, wearing a grey prison-issue tracksuit, was not asked to enter pleas.

Glover was remanded in custody to appear before Chelmsford Crown Court on December 9.

Harley was described by his family as a “good, kind, helpful and lovely boy”.

In a statement released through Essex Police, 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.”

Scores of well-wishers have donated to a GoFundMe.com fundraising page in his memory, which had raised more than £54,000 by Friday morning.

Police are continuing to appeal for anyone with information about Monday’s incident to call 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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