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Teenager, 19, is run down and killed 'after argument' on quiet cul-de-sac in Norfolk

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A 44-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a teenager he was ‘known’ to was run down and killed on a quiet cul-de-sac in Norfolk.

Police have launched a murder probe after a 19-year-old girl, who has been named locally as Lauren Malt, was fatally injured after being hit by a car.  

The incident happened shortly before 7.30pm near a play area in Leete Way, West Winch, near Kings Lynn, Norfolk on Sunday.  

It is believed that the driver of the car, who was ‘known’ to Lauren, drove her five miles to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.

Lauren who is thought to have lived nearby and has been described by a friend as ‘my dear angel’ was pronounced dead after she arrived.

A 44-year-old man was later arrested at the hospital on suspicion of murder, causing death by dangerous driving and drink driving.

He is currently being questioned at the Police Investigation Centre in King’s Lynn after detectives were granted more time following an application to Norwich Magistrates Court.  

A Home Office post-mortem examination will be held today to establish the cause of death. 

Police were called following reports that a 19-year-old girl, who has been named locally as Lauren Malt (pictured), had been hit and killed by a car

Police were called following reports that a 19-year-old girl, who has been named locally as Lauren Malt (pictured), had been hit and killed by a car

The incident happened shortly before 7.30pm near a play area in Leete Way, West Winch, near Kings Lynn, Norfolk (pictured) on Sunday

The incident happened shortly before 7.30pm near a play area in Leete Way, West Winch, near Kings Lynn, Norfolk (pictured) on Sunday

It is believed that the driver of the car, who was'known' to Lauren, drove her five miles to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn. Pictured: Leete Way, Norfolk

It is believed that the driver of the car, who was ‘known’ to Lauren, drove her five miles to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn. Pictured: Leete Way, Norfolk

One resident of Leete Way, who asked not to be named, said: ‘We heard a loud bang and a load of people shouting and screaming, followed by the sound of a car speeding off.

‘I went out and asked a neighbour what had happened. I was told that a girl had been hit by a car. There was signs of a collision in the road, but the girl was not there.

‘We had seen this car around here previously, and had heard lots of shouting when it was around.’

Another woman neighbour said: ‘It’s horrendous. I saw the flashing lights of the police cars late in the evening.

‘I looked out of the window and thought, ‘What the hell is going on?’ Then this morning they were scrubbing the road round the corner. 

‘It is awful to think what has happened to this girl. This is normally a really quiet place. You don’t expect anything like this.’

Another resident said: ‘I got home from work at 9pm and found the area all taped off by the police. I heard this morning that there had been a huge argument.’ 

Houses on Leete Way, Norfolk are worth around £180,000 and detached properties can sell for an average of £250,000. 

A friend of Lauren paid tribute to her in a Facebook post, saying: ‘You my dear angel meant the world to me and I’m so sorry you’re gone.

‘I can’t quite get my head around it. My rock. My little bean. My best friend. We had so many plans, but now we’re apart. I will miss you every waking moment my love.’

A second friend posted: ‘She was funny and nice and pretty. I will miss her so much.’

One described her as ‘such a lovely polite girl’ and another added: ‘She had a heart of gold. Fly high my angel.’

Another said: ‘She truly was one of a kind and will be missed by so many – such a wonderful caring young person taken from us too soon. My heart goes to her family xx.’

One resident of Leete Way who asked not to be named said:'We heard a loud bang and a load of people shouting and screaming, followed by the sound of a car speeding off'

One resident of Leete Way who asked not to be named said: ‘We heard a loud bang and a load of people shouting and screaming, followed by the sound of a car speeding off’

Norfolk Police staff are making house-to-house inquiries, asking residents if they had any relevant CCTV images or video from doorbell cameras. 

Officers said the incident in West Winch was unconnected to a second murder investigation launched just eight miles away after a man aged in his 30s died from serious head injuries on Sunday night at a house in Bulrush Avenue, Downham Market, Norfolk.

A Norfolk Police statement said: ‘Police have launched a murder investigation following an incident near King’s Lynn on Sunday evening.

‘Officers were called to Leete Way in West Winch shortly before 7.30pm following reports of a disturbance in the street and that a woman had been hit by a car.

‘Units were deployed to the scene and following further information, officers were also dispatched to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where the casualty, a woman in her late teens, had been taken. The woman was pronounced dead a short time later.

‘A man aged in his 40s was arrested at the hospital on suspicion of murder and causing death by dangerous driving. He has been taken to King’s Lynn Police Investigation Centre where he will be questioned.’

Norfolk Police staff were today making house-to-house inquiries, asking residents if they had any relevant CCTV images or video from doorbell cameras

Norfolk Police staff were today making house-to-house inquiries, asking residents if they had any relevant CCTV images or video from doorbell cameras

The statement said that Leete Way was initially cordoned off to allow ‘collision scene investigations’ to be carried out. The road was later reopened. 

Norfolk’s local policing commander Superintendent Wes Hornigold said: ‘We have a team of experienced detectives on this case who are working to establish the full circumstances of the incident.

‘Officers are working to build a picture of what’s happened, and the victim’s family are being supported by our liaison officers.

‘I can confirm all those involved are known to one another and we’re confident the wider public were not at risk.

One described her as'such a lovely polite girl' and another added:'She had a heart of gold. Fly high my angel.'

One described her as ‘such a lovely polite girl’ and another added: ‘She had a heart of gold. Fly high my angel.’

‘This is one of two murder investigations launched in the west of the county last night. A separate team of detectives continue to investigate a murder in Downham Market in which a 39-year-old man died. These are both tragic incidents and our thoughts are with those affected.

‘We recognise the timing and proximity of both incidents may lead to wider concern in our communities. However, I would stress they are separate investigations and are not connected in any way.

‘Such circumstances are unusual for Norfolk and we will have additional high-visibility patrols in both areas over the coming days.’    

Officers have spoken to a number of witnesses already, however anyone who believes they may have information or CCTV relevant to the enquiry, should contact the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team on 101 quoting Operation Redmere.

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