Jo Wooden has watched CCTV footage that no mom ought to ever must see.
The pictures, captured by a digicam close to the doorway of Debden Park Excessive Faculty in Loughton, Essex, present the ultimate minutes of her 12-year-old son Harley’s life as he left college with a gaggle of buddies one December afternoon in 2019.
‘They have been simply strolling house, speaking concerning the ordinary stuff that teenage boys discuss,’ Jo tells The Mail on Sunday in an unique interview. ‘And that was it. It simply occurred so quick.’
She is unable to look at the footage past this level however she is aware of solely too nicely the horror of what occurred subsequent.
Proud mum: Jo Wooden with Harley, smiling in his sensible uniform shortly after beginning at Debden Park Excessive Faculty. She has watched CCTV footage that no mom ought to ever must see. The pictures, captured by a digicam close to the doorway of Debden Park Excessive Faculty in Loughton, Essex, present the ultimate minutes of her 12-year-old son’s life as he left college with a gaggle of buddies one December afternoon in 2019
At about 3.20pm, a silver Ford Ka pushed by Terence Glover, a violent paranoid schizophrenic, intentionally mounted the pavement behind Harley and his buddies and ploughed into them.
Harley, carrying a blue backpack and his college blazer, went below the automotive and suffered a deadly head damage.
Witnesses say Harley’s buddies have been ‘flung like dolls’ as Glover careered alongside the pavement on Willingale Street, injuring 9 different kids and one grownup. Some have been knocked unconscious however not one of the different victims suffered life-changing accidents.
Terence Glover (above) killed Harley Watson and injured 9 different kids and an grownup in a horrifying assault exterior a faculty
Tears stream down Jo’s face as she explains that the CCTV footage confirmed how Harley was initially strolling on the left-hand aspect of the group and was the furthest away from the street.
Fatefully, a couple of minute earlier than the assault, he skipped across the again of the group, putting himself subsequent to the street – and straight in Glover’s path.
‘I do not know why,’ she says. ‘I do not know if his buddies there have been speaking about one thing however he strikes nearly a minute earlier than, so he’s near the street.
‘They did not stand an opportunity that day, they actually did not.’
Jo, 33, was in Central London, the place she works as private assistant on the headquarters of a serious financial institution, when one other mum from the college known as and informed her there had been an incident involving a automotive.
Panic-stricken, she hailed a taxi exterior her work however after getting caught in site visitors, she jumped out and sprinted for Liverpool Avenue Tube station to move for house.
In the meantime, Ryan, Harley’s stepfather, and Jo’s mother and father rushed to the college and located a scene of carnage, as traumatised kids huddled below silver survival blankets and paramedics handled Harley.
Minutes later, Jo’s good friend known as once more with devastating information. ‘My good friend stated to me they’re resuscitating Harley. I used to be screaming and crying. I did not know something – I simply knew he was being resuscitated.’
Above, Harley on the Louvre throughout a visit to Paris along with his mom. Jo believes the NHS needs to be held accountable for failing to detain Glover below the Psychological Well being Act on 5 separate events, together with simply 9 weeks earlier than Harley’s demise
Jo arrived on the Accident & Emergency division of Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone minutes earlier than Harley’s ambulance pulled in and he or she watched in horror as a big workforce of medics fought desperately to save lots of his life.
‘I seemed to my left and there was a girl on prime of him on the mattress and he or she was giving him chest compressions.
‘They pushed him round to the place I used to be standing and the physician briefly defined what he was going to do. And rapidly, inside a couple of minute, he checked out a nurse and he requested what the time was and I simply knew that was it. After which they only stopped. I screamed and I begged them to maintain attempting and so they simply could not.’
We walked to highschool that day. I by no means imagined I might by no means see him once more
Jo says it is essential individuals perceive that Glover’s actions have been deliberate and never some type of horrible street accident.
A damning inside NHS report seen by this newspaper reveals police knew that Glover, who suffered paranoid delusions, had beforehand threatened to run kids over in his automotive. Docs, in the meantime, declined a string of alternatives to detain him in a safe hospital.
‘Individuals mustn’t simply see this as a hit-and-run,’ Jo says. ‘It is a lot greater than that. There have been so many warning indicators which may have prevented it occurring. What we’ve got is a really, very lengthy build-up which may have been stopped at any time. And folks knew about it. Individuals who had the facility to cease him – they knew about it.’
She believes the NHS needs to be held accountable for failing to detain Glover below the Psychological Well being Act on 5 separate events, together with simply 9 weeks earlier than Harley’s demise.
Essex Police even have severe inquiries to reply, she says, together with why Glover’s automotive was not seized from him when officers knew he had threatened to make use of it as a weapon.
‘They cannot do the whole lot, I perceive that. However I’m not satisfied that they did the whole lot they might have to stop this occurring,’ she says.
Jo describes Harley as a ‘sort, caring, selfless, clever and comical younger man’ who was an ‘extraordinarily loving particular person’.
‘He was actually humorous and would make up jokes on a regular basis. He was completely selfless as nicely – he would share the whole lot.’
Jo and Harley’s organic father break up when Harley was two. His stepfather Ryan, 35, a mentor for major college kids from difficult backgrounds, joined the household three years later.
Budding actor: On stage at London’s well-known Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Harley was a ‘star pupil’ at Debden Park Excessive and was significantly good at maths. His favorite courses, nevertheless, have been music, dance and drama and he dreamed of changing into an actor
He and Jo even have a five-year-old daughter. Harley and Ryan grew to become exceptionally shut, bonding over a shared love of Tottenham Hotspur and lately having fun with the ritual of watching Spurs play throughout the Christmas break.
Jo describes a ‘full household’. Half-terms have been busy with journeys to theme parks or London vacationer sights, and so they loved a household vacation to Majorca 4 weeks earlier than Harley’s demise. ‘He at all times made buddies on each vacation we went on and he at all times stayed in contact with them.’
Jo and Harley would additionally go away for what she known as ‘simply us two’ journeys to rejoice his birthday.
In July 2019, they loved a blissful weekend in Paris for his twelfth birthday. ‘I needed to do one thing that made him realise how particular he was to me,’ she says. ‘We had such a good time there.
I hate Glover… but when he’d had higher assist I would nonetheless have my son
They’ve these pay-as-you-go electrical scooters. We went to a giant park and he may nearly see over the handlebars. I keep in mind him saying that was the very best a part of his journey – simply scooting round collectively for an hour.’
Harley was a ‘star pupil’ at Debden Park Excessive and was significantly good at maths. His favorite courses, nevertheless, have been music, dance and drama and he dreamed of changing into an actor.
He had attended drama courses with performing arts organisation Theatretrain in Loughton and, to the immense delight of Jo, her mom and Ryan, carried out in a present at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London on the weekend of his tenth birthday. An image revealed at this time for the primary time reveals him on stage dressed as a science trainer within the efficiency of Particular Measures.
Jo says: ‘He was stood there on the entrance of the stage with all people behind him. I simply thought, ‘Wow!’ We have been so happy with him. All the way in which house on the Tube, we have been grinning and speaking about it. Different passengers have been speaking to him as a result of he was nonetheless carrying his costume. He was lapping it up, bless him.’
Harley was desirous to be taught a musical instrument and Jo and Ryan have been planning to purchase him a keyboard and pay for classes final Christmas.
On the morning Harley died, Jo and her son had walked a number of the method to college collectively. At Debden Underground station, they stated goodbye.
Jo caught a prepare in to London, whereas Harley carried on to highschool. ‘We obtained to the station and I gave him a kiss and a hug and stated, ‘Have a very good day. Love you.’ I by no means imagined this may be the final time I would see him alive.’
Jo had at all times given Harley strict directions about strolling house, warning him that he didn’t have to cross any busy roads and he shouldn’t have a look at his cellphone.
‘He did precisely what I requested him to do,’ she says. ‘He did the whole lot by the ebook that day, however he did not stand an opportunity.’
The horror of what occurred to her son has left Jo unable to stroll alongside the left-hand aspect of a busy street. ‘I will not stroll down a street if the site visitors is behind me. I’ll cross over. I’ll at all times stroll dealing with the site visitors. As a result of if you cannot see what’s behind you, you’re placing your belief in strangers.’
After Harley’s demise, a pupil at his college launched a parliamentary petition calling for the Authorities to make it a authorized requirement that each college has a line of bollards exterior to guard kids from autos.
In the meantime, the leaked report seen by the MoS reveals Glover took cocaine, sleeping drugs and two bins of paracetamol earlier than driving his automotive at Harley and his buddies.
In November, throughout a 15-minute listening to at Snaresbrook Crown Court docket, the 52-year-old admitted manslaughter by diminished accountability and ten counts of tried homicide.
It was the primary time Jo had seen Glover, who appeared by way of video-link from a safe hospital.
Jo is tortured by conflicting feelings. She hates the person who killed her son however can be indignant that Glover didn’t get the medical assist he so clearly wanted.
‘I despise the person for what he has accomplished to my son and my household. But when he’s as ailing as everyone seems to be telling me he’s, he ought to have been higher supported. In the end, if he had obtained higher assist I might nonetheless have my son. I hate him a lot, I actually do.’
Jo explains she has spoken out to make sure such a tragedy doesn’t occur once more.
‘I would like individuals to know that this stuff are occurring and they are often prevented. It should not be simply brushed below the carpet.’
She has described her overwhelming grief in a robust private assertion ready earlier than Glover is sentenced on Friday.
‘It wasn’t simply Harley’s life that was taken that day. I misplaced my life as nicely. Now I merely exist in order that my daughter can have a childhood with each her mother and father.
‘I miss my boy past phrases and I might give my life for Harley to have his.’