A murder investigation has been launched as police hunt for a car involved in a hit-and-run that has killed a 12-year-old boy near a school in Essex.
Witnesses have described several children being mowed down near Debden Park High School in Loughton, Essex.
The force is urgently appealing for witnesses and any camera footage of a silver Ford KA likely to be bearing damage to its front.
Essex Police tweeted anyone with information is asked to call them on 999 and quote incident number 0726.
Essex Police and paramedics dashed to a road near Debden Park High School in Loughton, Essex, after reports of a severe car crash involving a Ford Ka which "mounted the pavement"
"We have launched a murder investigation following a fatal collision in Loughton earlier today. A 12-year-old boy has sadly died," a police spokesman said.
"We are appealing for help to find a silver Ford KA in connection with the collision this afternoon in Willingale Road.
"Please help as per below from roads policing Inspector. Please do not speculate about those who may be involved. We will update when we are able."
The force urgently requested any dashcam or CCTV footage the public may have as they hunt for the vehicle involved.
One anonymous dad, whose daughter was hit by the car, claimed: "A Ford Ka mounted the pavement behind her.
"Her friend was bounced onto the bonnet before another boy was hit very bad.
“The car drove off down the road and the police arrived quickly. My daughter is safe, but the wing mirror clipped my daughter. Her friend got thrown off the bonnet.
"It was awful to witness. Everyone is in shock."
The incident has caused the road to be closed at junctions on either side of the high school, which is on Willingale Rd, Loughton.
Police are asking people to avoid the area.