TRIBUTES have been paid to a young schoolgirl whose body was recovered from a pond in Cheshire over the weekend.
Teya Davies, 14, was found dead by police in a stretch of water in Clincton Woods, Widnes, on Saturday following reports a teenager had fallen into a pond.
A body was recovered from the water after a short search and was identified today as belonging to Teya, Cheshire Police said.
Teya was a pupil at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College in Widnes, where staff this afternoon paid tribute to the "well-loved" youngster.
In a statement, a school representative said: "The whole community is shocked and saddened to hear the devastating news that Teya Davies has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.
"Teya was well-loved by staff and students here at St Peter and Paul.
"We will truly miss her lively character, caring nature and beautiful smile".
The school added: "We are opening college on Tuesday 11-1pm to offer comfort and support to our students and staff at this difficult time.
"There will be a memorial board and opportunity for quiet reflection and prayer in our college Chapel."
A fundraising page set up following Teya's death has raised more than £4,000 for her loved-ones.
Police said the family was being supported by specially trained officers.
A spokeswoman for Cheshire Police said: "At 5.47pm on Saturday, August 4, we received a report of concern for safety of a teenager who had fallen in a pond in Clincton Woods.
"Officers attended with emergency services and tried to find the 14-year-old girl. A body was found in the water.
"The family and friends of the girl have been informed and are being supported by officers."