A murder investigation has been launched after a 12-year-old boy died when a car crashed into children near a school.
The boy, who has not yet been identified, died in hospital after the incident which happened near Debden Park High School in Loughton, Essex at around 3.20pm on Monday.
Police are now looking for the car – a silver Ford Ka – which crashed into the children and have launched a murder investigation.
Five other people, including four children, were injured in the incident but their injuries are not life-threatening.
It includes two 15-year-old boys, one 13-year-old boy, one 16-year-old girl and a 53-year-old woman.
Three of the teenagers are believed to be teenagers at the school on Willingale Road.
A spokesman from Essex Police said: “We have launched a murder investigation following a fatal collision in Loughton earlier today. A 12-year-old boy has sadly died.
“We are appealing for help to find a silver Ford KA in connection with the collision this afternoon in Willingale Road.”
The road was closed in both directions following the incident and emergency services remain at the scene.
Detective Chief Inspector Rob Kirby of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: “This has been a truly shocking incident and my deepest sympathies are with all those involved.
“I would like to thank the many members of the public who have called us with information and spoken to our officers, as well as those who provided crucial medical assistance at the scene.
“I would urge anyone with information, dash cam footage, or who may have seen anything on social media that they think could be crucial, to call us on 101 and quote incident number 726 of 2 December.”
Anyone with information can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.