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School friends' tributes to Amber Peat

Floral tributes had been laid around a tree near to where a body believed to be that of Amber Peat was found Photo: PA

Tributes to missing 13-year-old Mansfield girl 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 at around 5.30pm on Saturday after a row with her family.

Nottinghamshire Police said earlier that Amber's family had been told that a body was found.

Amber Peat was last seen on Saturday Credit: PA

Police were guarding a 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."

Flowers at the scene in Westfield Lane, Mansfield, where a body was found last night Credit: PA
Mansfield is in mourning after a body was found in the search for Amber Peat Credit: PA
Police activity at the scene in Westfield Lane, Mansfield, where a body was found last night during the search for missing 13-year-old girl Amber Peat Credit: PA

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 earlier: "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.

A poster attached to a telegraph pole appealing for information Credit: PA

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.

Kelly and Amber's stepfather Danny Peat described their daughter as a "homebird" and said her disappearance was "out of character" Credit: ITV News

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. 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".

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