Detectives investigating the murder of 12-year-old Harley Watson have established there is no connection between that and an earlier incident outside another school.

The investigation team for Essex Police were looking in to an incident which happened near to Roding Valley High School in Loughton at around 3.10pm on Monday, December 2, where a car mounted the pavement in Brook Road.

The vehicle was reported to policing following the fatal hit and run incident outside Debden Park High School on Willingale Road, Loughton, which led to Harley’s death.

Work by detectives has now established the incidents involved different vehicles and drivers of different descriptions.

A 51-year-old man from Loughton continues to be held in custody this morning, Thursday, December 5, on suspicion of murder and other offences.

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

Essex Police have released CCTV images of a silver Vauxhall seen driving on Brook Road, Loughton

Essex Police said: "We are continuing to investigate the matter in Brook Road, but as an unrelated matter.

"It involved a small silver Vauxhall car and would appear the driver was involved in an altercation about children crossing the road.

"The driver of the vehicle is described as white, with a beard and wore a black and red checked shirt. He was accompanied by a woman with blonde hair who was in the passenger seat.

"We are releasing CCTV images of the Vauxhall car in the hope someone may recognise it and the description of the people inside."

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

Did you see this silver Vauxhall driving on Brook Road, Loughton, on Monday, December 2?

This matter is being investigated by PC Zara Hanson from Chigwell Roads Policing Unit and anyone with information should contact 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.