Schoolmates’ tributes to Amber

Published: Wednesday 3rd June 2015 by The News Editor

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Tributes to missing 13-year-old Amber Peat have been placed close to where a body was found.

Amber had not been seen since she left the family home in Bosworth Street, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, at around 5.30pm on Saturday after a row with her family.

Nottinghamshire Police said last night that Amber’s family had been told that a body had been found.

Today, police were guarding 50-metre stretch of grass on Westfield Lane, less than a mile from Amber’s home.

Floral tributes had been laid around a nearby tree along with mementoes including a teddy.

One message from school classmates said: “I hope your parents find the strength to find peace.”

It added: “Hope the angels make you smile.”

Police vehicles were parked at the scene on the corner of a road junction.

The sealed-off patch of land is backed by a path running alongside a hedge. It is in the middle of a quiet housing estate of mainly semi-detached homes.

A police spokesman said last night: “Amber’s family has been informed and we ask that the media respect their privacy at this difficult time.

“Officers are at the scene in Mansfield and inquiries are ongoing. No formal identification has yet taken place. The death is not being treated as suspicious.”

Police thanked all who had helped in the search, particularly the Mansfield community.

Amber’s parents had earlier issued an emotional plea for her to return.

Her mother and stepfather broke down in tears as they spoke at a police press conference, saying her disappearance was out of character.

Kelly and Danny Peat said she walked out after refusing to clean a cool box used to store food during a holiday to Cornwall after the family had returned on Friday.

Mr Peat said: “We had just all had a brilliant holiday. It’s just not right. She had a fantastic time, never stopped laughing with all of us together.”

He added: “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.”

Ms Peat said: “We were in the living room and I heard the front door slam.”

She went on: “I heard the door and when I went out I couldn’t see her anywhere. She had just gone.”

She said Amber was not in contact with her natural father, who lives in Scotland.

During the press conference Superintendent Matt McFarlane said Amber’s disappearance was “totally out of character”.

Rianna Richards, 12, was in tears after 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.

She said her friend did not seem to have anything on her mind when she last saw her.

Her 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.”

Speaking outside Amber’s school, Queen Elizabeth’s Academy in Mansfield, principal Mike Smith said: “Our school community is deeply shocked and saddened to hear a body has been found in the search for one of our Year 8 students, Amber Peat.

“We have been working with the police over the past two days and are waiting to hear from them whether it is Amber who has been found.

“Amber has been a student at the school since September. Academically bright, she has been in the academy 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.”

Superintendent Matt McFarlane said today: ” 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.

“Over 400 officers and staff, including those from our five neighbouring East Midlands forces, were looking for her. Sadly this was not the outcome that any of us were hoping for.

“Our thoughts are with Amber’s family, and we do ask that you please respect their privacy and that of her wider family.

“A post-mortem and formal identification will take place later today.”

Published: Wednesday 3rd June 2015 by The News Editor

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