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A child has died following a serious collision which took place in Stock Road, Stock, this morning.
Emergency services were called to the incident shortly after 8.20am after reports of a vehicle colliding with two children.
One of those children, a boy, has died. The second child has been taken to hospital for treatment.
A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs.
Detective Inspector Mark Fraser, of the serious collision investigation unit, said: “This is quite clearly an incredibly tragic incident which will be felt by many people across the area, not least the families of the two young victims.
“Our role is to establish the circumstances which led up to this incident, which we will do meticulously and I would ask people not to speculate, whether in person or online.
“I would also like to thank everyone who has already come forward to speak to us and would urge anyone who has information and not yet spoken to us to please come forward.”
Police need anyone who witnessed the incident, has dash cam footage of it or has any information to get in touch.
You can let them know by submitting a report at www.essex.police.uk/digital101 or by using the online Live Chat service available Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) between 10am-9pm.
Alternatively, you can call 101.
Please cite crime incident 218 of November 3.