Rescue workers attend the scene of the accident at Wimbledon school
A girl has died and several people are fighting for their lives after a Land Rover crashed into a girls’ school in Wimbledon.
Seven children and two adults were injured in the incident and a woman was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.
More than 20 ambulances were present outside The Study Prep Wimbledon school on Camp Road as Merton Police confirmed they did not classify the incident as “terrorist”.
Conservative MP for Wimbledon Stephen Hammond told the BBC the “extremely disturbing” incident took place on the last day of office.
“The rescue helicopter, ambulance, fire brigade and police are all on site,” Mr Hammond said. “The scale of the response reflects the seriousness of the incident and the number of casualties and I understand some of these are classified as critical.”
Wimbledon, a preparatory school for students between the ages of four and 11, declined to comment on the incident.
The all girls school is about a mile from the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, which is currently hosting the Wimbledon Grand Slam Championship.
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Breaking News: Girl dies after Land Rover accident
Detective Chief Superintendent Clair Kelland, Local Police Commander for South West London, said: “This is tragic news and our thoughts today are with the girl’s family and friends and all those affected.”
“We remain at the scene and are continuing our investigation into the full circumstances of the incident.” We can also confirm that the driver of the vehicle, a woman in her 40s, was arrested on suspicion of the cause of death as a result of dangerous driving.”
Matt MathersJuly 6, 2023 2:31 p.m
Land Rover reportedly crashed during the closing tea party
The gold Land Rover reportedly crashed at a “graduation tea party” at the Study Preparatory School in Wimbledon on Thursday, injuring seven children and two adults
A local reportedly said so evening standard: “I was told that there was a graduation party when the car drove into the school. Everyone is extremely shocked.”
Another person is said to have told it Mirror “The children were sitting on the grass with their teachers” as the tea party was reportedly underway when the collision occurred.
Maanya SachdevaJuly 6, 2023 1:50 p.m
Ministers react to ‘tragic’ Wimbledon crash
Home Secretary Suella Braverman tweeted her condolences to those affected by the Wimbledon primary school accident on Thursday. She also thanked emergency responders outside of The Study Prep, adding, “It is important that they are now able to conduct their investigations.”
Conservative MP for Chichester and Secretary of State for Education Gillian Keegan tweeted: “I am deeply concerned by reports of an incident this morning at a primary school in Wimbledon.
“My thoughts are with the families, staff and affected community and I am very grateful for the quick response from the emergency services that are currently on the scene.”
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper also thanked the emergency services for their “quick response” this morning.
Maanya SachdevaJuly 6, 2023 1:05 p.m
Liam JamesJuly 6, 2023 12:39 p.m
First pictures show the car that crashed into the elementary school
First images show the car crashing into Study Prep school in Wimbledon, as Conservative MP Stephen Hammond described the incident as “extremely distressing and tragic”.
He told the BBC that several people were seriously injured following Thursday morning’s accident, adding: “The number of reactions shows how serious the incident is and there are a number of people injured and I understand that some of be classified as critical to them.” .
Maanya SachdevaJuly 6, 2023 12:22
Seven children and two adults were injured, the Met confirmed
Seven children and two adults were injured, the Metropolitan Police confirmed The Independent.
Eleanor NoyceJuly 6, 2023 11:56 am
Police do not consider the incident to be terrorist
Police have confirmed that they do not consider the incident to be terrorist.
“We do not consider this incident to be a terrorist act,” Merton Police said on Twitter.
“An investigation is underway to clarify the full circumstances of what happened.”
Eleanor NoyceJuly 6, 2023 11:40 am
The picture showed officers responding after a car crash at a Wimbledon school
Officers, firefighters and paramedics, including the London Air Ambulance, were on the scene at around 9.54am Thursday at the Study Preparatory School in Camp Road, Wimbledon.
The school, which costs £5,565 per semester, caters to girls aged four to eleven and is on Wimbledon Common, just a mile from the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, home of the world famous tennis tournament.
The Metropolitan Police said: “Officers are responding to an incident at a primary school in Camp Road, Wimbledon.
“We were called at 9.54am to report that a car had collided with a building at the school.
“Several people are being treated on site. We will release more updates when we can.”
Eleanor NoyceJuly 6, 2023 11:37 am
Incident “extremely worrying and worrying,” says Wimbledon MP
Stephen Hammond, Conservative MP for Wimbledon, told BBC Radio London: “It is obviously extremely worrying and extremely worrying.”
“I’ve just spoken to the local police, they are on duty, as are the rescue workers and paramedics.
“There are a number of victims, I don’t know exactly how many. Of course I know the area well.
“The area is really quite remote, but actually it’s a road that quite a lot of people drive to the golf clubs.”
Eleanor NoyceJuly 6, 2023 11:26 am
The school declined to comment
Police said they were responding to a serious clash at a primary school in Wimbledon, south London, and several people were still being treated at the scene.
“We were called at 09:54 on Thursday 6 July to report that a car had collided with a building belonging to the school in Camp Road,” London’s Met Police said in a statement.
London ambulances, including an air ambulance, and the fire service were also on site.
Police said they will provide more updates when possible. Study Prep Wimbledon, also known as Wilberforce House, which is on Camps Road, declined to comment when questioned about the incident.
Camps Road is about a mile from the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, which is currently hosting the Wimbledon Grand Slam Championship.
Eleanor NoyceJuly 6, 2023 11:21 am