Catholic school in touching tribute to girl, 14, after body found in UK pond identified as the 'well-loved' pupil
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Catholic school in touching tribute to girl, 14, after body found in UK pond identified as the 'well-loved' pupil

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.

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"Teya was well-loved by staff and students here at St Peter and Paul.

Teya Davies, 14, was found dead in pond in Widnes, Cheshire on Saturday (Image: Cheshire Police)

"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.

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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."