Norfolk ‘murder’: Tributes paid to ‘angel’ teen ‘run over and killed in cul-de-sac’


Lauren Malt, 19, was hit by a car on Sunday evening at 7.30pm near a play area near Kings Lynn, Norfolk – a 44-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of murder and causing death by dangerous driving

Lauren Malt, 19, was hit by a car on Sunday evening at 7.30pm
Lauren Malt, 19, was allegedly hit by a car on Sunday evening at 7.30pm

A murder investigation has been launched after a teenager was allegedly run down in a cul-de-sac on a quiet housing estate.

Lauren Malt, 19, was allegedly hit by a car by a play area near Kings Lynn, Norfolk, on Sunday evening at 7.30pm.

Neighbors said they heard what sounded like arguing as the tragedy unfolded.

It is believed the driver of the car was known to Lauren, and they are said to have driven her five miles to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Lauren, who lived nearby, was pronounced dead in the hospital soon after she arrived.

She has been described by a friend as a “dear angel”.

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

Lauren was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where she was pronounced dead
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A friend of Lauren described her as a ‘dear angel’
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He is currently being questioned at the Police Investigation Center in King’s Lynn.

One resident, who did not want 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 neighbor what had happened. I was told that a girl had been hit by a car. There were 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 neighbor 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 around the corner.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of her murder and causing death by dangerous driving
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“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.”

A friend of Lauren paid tribute to her in a Facebook post, saying: “You are 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”, while another added: “She had a heart of gold. Fly high, my angel.”

Neighbors heard what sounded like arguing as the tragedy unfolded
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One 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.”

Norfolk Police have been asking residents if they had any relevant CCTV images or video from doorbell cameras.

Officers have said the incident was unconnected to a second murder investigation launched just eight miles away, in which a man aged in his 30s died from serious head injuries on Sunday night.

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.

Police have been asking residents if they had any relevant CCTV images or video from doorbell cameras
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“A man aged in his 40s was arrested at the hospital taken on suspicion of murder and causing death by dangerous driving. He has been to King’s Lynn Police Investigation Center where he will be questioned.”

The statement said that Leete Way was initially cordoned off to allow “collision scene investigations” to be carried out. The road was later re-opened.

Officers have been granted more time by Norwich magistrates to question the suspect.

A Home Office post-mortem examination will be held today to establish how Lauren died.

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.

“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 recognize 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 inquiry, should contact the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team on 101 quoting Operation Redmere.




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