• Video report by ITV News Correspondent Martha Fairlie

A man has been named as the driver wanted by police after a 12-year-old boy was killed when a car collided with children outside a school in Essex.

Police want to speak to 51-year-old Terry Glover about what is thought to have been a “deliberate” crash, Chief Superintendent Tracey Harman of Essex Police said.

Speaking at a press conference outside Loughton police station, she said: "We believe the collision was deliberate and as such we have launched a murder investigation."

Four teenagers and a 53-year-old woman were among the injured in the collision just after 3.20pm outside Debden Park High School in Loughton.

Essex Police are appealing for help to find a silver Ford KA with the registration number LS08 OKW.

Police said the crash occurred shortly before 3.20pm. Credit: ITV News

The police statement said: "We have launched a murder investigation following a fatal collision near a school in Loughton.

"We were called just after 3.20pm this afternoon, Monday 2 December, to reports that a number of pedestrians had been involved in an incident with a silver KA on Willingale Road.

"A 12-year-old local boy was taken to hospital, where he sadly died.

"A number of other casualties were reported, but none are believed to be life-changing or life-threatening. They were either treated at scene or were taken to hospital following the incident.

"These include: two 15-year-old boys, one 13-year-old boy, one 16-year-old girl and a 53-year-old woman.

"We believe that all of the teenagers were pupils at Debden Park High School on Willingale Road.

"Officers from across the county are working diligently to identify the vehicle, and its driver, who failed to stop 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."

A local church invited people to light candles at Mass on Monday evening as news of the death was confirmed.

Inspector Rob Brettell said: "We are trying to locate and find a silver Ford KA which is likely to have damage to the front of the car.

"If you have seen this, know where it is or believe you can help please urgently contact @EssexPoliceUK on #999 quoting inc- 0726."

Anyone with information can contact Essex Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers.