Man admits killing boy, 12, in hit and run outside school

A man has admitted to killing a 12-year-old boy who died in a collision outside his school in Essex.

Harley Watson died at Whipps Cross University Hospital in East London after a vehicle plowed into children leaving Debden Park High School in Loughton on December 2 last year.

Terence Glover, formerly of Newmans Lane, Loughton, pleaded guilty to reduced-responsibility manslaughter when he appeared via video link in Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday.

He pleaded not guilty to a murder charge, which prosecutor Christine Agnew said the crown accepted and will settle when the defendant returns for sentencing on Jan. 8.

He also pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of 23-year-old Raquel Jimeno and six boys and three girls between the ages of 12 and 16, who cannot be named due to a court order.

Glover, who is being held in a mental health facility, also admitted driving a Ford Ka dangerously in Willingale Road, Loughton.

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Debden Park is a mixed academy school for students aged 11 to 18, specializing in performing arts and rated “excellent” in the most recent inspection in Ofsted, according to the prospectus.

A statement from Ms. Gascoyne read: “As a school and community we are devastated to say that as a result of the Willingale Road incident this afternoon, it is with great sadness that we have to report that a 12-year-old student has left our school sadly passed away.

“Our thoughts are with the family and all those affected. As a school, we continue to work with the police to support the ongoing investigation.

“The school will open tomorrow with a number of counselors on hand to support our community.”