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Amber Peat: Tributes paid to teenager after body found

2015-06-03 13:57:22

Amber PeatFloral tributes and messages to Amber Peat have been left at the scene where a body was found

Tributes have been made to a missing 13-year-old girl after a body was found by police.

Amber Peat disappeared from her home in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire on Saturday.

A body, believed to be Amber's, was found on Tuesday evening and her family was informed, although formal identification is yet to take place.

Floral tributes and messages have been left at the scene, while her school principal described her as a "bright" girl who loved singing and dancing.

A police guard remains in place near where the body was found, close to houses in Westfield Lane, about a mile from Amber's home. A post-mortem examination is due to be held later.

Mansfield map

Amber PeatAmber was last seen at home on Saturday

Rianna Richards, 12, was in tears as she laid flowers in memory of her friend. She said she had been sent home from school because she was so upset.

"She was a nice person, she was funny," Rianna said.

Rianna's mother, Sharon, said: "You don't really expect this to happen this close to home. It's hard to take in when things like this happen.

"Obviously, we don't know what's happened. It's hard to imagine. I think it's just more shock than anything."

One message left at the scene read: "I hope your parents find the strength to find peace. Hope the angels make you smile."

Amber PeatPolice at the scene said the area had previously been searched before Tuesday's discovery

In a statement, Mike Smith, principal at Queen Elizabeth's Academy, said: "Amber has been a student at the school since September.

"Academically bright, she has been in the choir and has loved singing and dancing. Amber has been happy at the academy.

"Students who have been particularly affected are being supported by staff and trained counsellors.

"This is a close-knit, community academy and everybody is supporting each other at this difficult time."

Kelly and Danny PeatAmber's parents Kelly and Danny Peat said they had just come back from a family holiday

Hundreds of people had been involved in the search for Amber after she went missing at the weekend.

Her parents Kelly and Danny Peat, who had just returned from holiday in Cornwall, made an appeal for help at a news conference.

Mr Peat said: "We had just all had a brilliant holiday. It's just not right.

"We told her to clean a cool box out that we had had sandwiches in for the journey home.

"It was a chore, basically, and I'm sure all teenagers are the same, she didn't want to do a chore. That was the last conversation."

Mrs Peat said: "We were in the living room and I heard the front door slam."

"I heard the door and when I went out I couldn't see her anywhere. She had just gone."

Kelly and Danny PeatHundreds of people helped police search the area around Mansfield where Amber lived

Source: bbc.co.uk

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