Wednesday 29 March 2017

Tributes paid to missing Amber Peat after police find body

Volunteers from the local community gather near to the home of missing teenager Amber Peat in Mansfield as police organise people into small groups to search the local area.Chris Radburn/PA Wire
Volunteers from the local community gather near to the home of missing teenager Amber Peat in Mansfield as police organise people into small groups to search the local area.Chris Radburn/PA Wire
Volunteers from the local community gather at The Lady Brook sports bar near to the home of missing teenager Amber Peat in Mansfield as police organise people into small groups to search the local area. Chris Radburn/PA Wire
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Tributes have flooded in for missing 13-year-old Amber Peat, after police called off the search for the teen following the discovery of a body.

The young teen disappeared from her home in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire on Saturday afternoon.

A body, believed to be Amber's, was found on Tuesday evening and her family was informed, said a spokesperson for Nottinghamshire Police.

Although a formal identification is still yet to take place, tributes and messages have been left at the scene where her body was found.

An officer remains on guard near the spot, less than a mile from her house on Bosworth Street.

A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out tomorrow.

Her school principal Mike Smith described the 13-year-old as a "bright" girl who loved singing and dancing.

In a statement, the head of Queen Elizabeth's Academy said: "Amber has been a student at the school since September. Academically bright, she loved singing and dancing. Amber has been happy at the academy."

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

Yesterday the parent’s of the teenage had appealed for information, asking “for anyone with information to come forward and let us know she’s alright.”

A poster attached to a telegraph pole appeals for information about missing teenager Amber Peat, 13, from Bosworth Street in Mansfield. Amber Peat/PA Wire
A poster attached to a telegraph pole appeals for information about missing teenager Amber Peat, 13, from Bosworth Street in Mansfield. Amber Peat/PA Wire

"If you're watching this, or if anybody knows where she is, just send her home. Please," her mother Kelly said.

“We are petrified… We just want her to know that she's not in any trouble... we just need to know that she's all right.”

Adding: "We were in the living room, and I heard the front door slam, and that's when I realised. I couldn't see her anywhere - she was just gone."

Officers involved in the search for the missing teen have thanked the community and others, including the media, for their help.

Hundreds of local people had gathered on the Ladybrook estate in recent days to help find the missing girl.

Superintendent Matt McFarlane said: “On behalf of Nottinghamshire Police I would like to thank the local community and those further afield for their help in our search to find Amber Peat.”

“From the moment Amber was reported missing our teams worked tirelessly alongside the community to try and find her.”

“Our thoughts are with Amber’s family now.”

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