A vigil has been held for a woman killed with her dogs in a hit and run crash just days before Christmas. 

Locals flocked to support the family of 48-year-old Marie Louise Theobald after she was killed on December 22. 

The candle vigil held in her memory took place on Boxing Day, December 26 at the junction of Manford Way and Brocket Way, Chigwell. 

Cllr Pranav Bhanot attended the vigil. 

Marie was found dead at the scene with her two dogs - Riley and Honey - after they were struck in Manford Way. 

Her family released an emotional statement on Christmas Eve, December 24 describing her as a “loving mother, partner, daughter, sister, niece and friend”.

They said: “Marie was an honest, hardworking, selfless woman who would do anything for anyone. Marie always put others first.

“The dogs Riley and Honey were much loved members of the family. They adored Marie as she adored them. May they all rest in perfect peace together.”

The driver of the vehicle failed to stop at the scene. 

The Metropolitan Police have since made an arrest in connection to the hit and run, but have confirmed the man arrested has been released on bail. 

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing.