Cops warned over a year ago about suspect in school hit-and-run that killed Harley Watson, 12

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THE suspect in the school hit-and-run that killed Harley Watson had been the subject of complaints to police for several years, it emerged yesterday.

Neighbours of Terry Glover, 51, and parents of pupils said they told cops about him several times before Monday’s tragedy.

Harley Watson was killed in a hit-and-run close to Debden Park High School
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Harley Watson was killed in a hit-and-run close to Debden Park High School[/caption]

Neighbours of suspect Terry Glover said they had told cops about him several times in the past
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Neighbours of suspect Terry Glover said they had told cops about him several times in the past[/caption]

Pupils laid tributes to Harley outside the gates of his school
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Pupils laid tributes to Harley outside the gates of his school[/caption]

Cops are being investigated over claims that they did not follow up the complaints.

Essex Police referred itself to the police watchdog, the IOPC, over “previous contact” officers had had with Glover.

One neighbour said: “He has been reported to police before. If you get a lot of reports about the same person, you would think they would keep an eye on them. This could have been prevented.”

Two boys aged 15, two of 13 and 12, a girl of 16 and a woman of 23 were injured in the smash close to Debden Park High School in Loughton.

Police were last night quizzing Glover, who was arrested late on Monday, and investigating claims he tried to hit pupils outside another school just ten minutes before 12-year-old Harley’s death.

The lad’s heartbroken family paid tribute yesterday to their “helpful and lovely boy” and friends described him as a “little man with a big heart”.

A mass of tributes were laid at the gates of Harley’s school.


Head teacher Helen Gascoyne said the school had been “devastated” by the death of one of its students and that pupils would be offered counselling.

Glover was arrested at the Merry Fiddlers pub, near Epping, Essex, late on Monday after the landlord spotted him sleeping in his car in a sleeping bag.

Cops lit up the car with floodlights and then smashed windows and dragged him out.

Harley's heartbroken family described him as a 'helpful and lovely boy'
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Harley’s heartbroken family described him as a ‘helpful and lovely boy’[/caption]

Police surrounded a car outside the Merry Fiddlers pub on Monday evening
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Staff at the Merry Fiddler pub said they noticed a man ‘asleep in a car’ before calling the police
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