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Family tribute to a "caring and loving" boy

Anthony Stubbs, 16, was found dead on Monday. Photo: Lancashire Police

The family of a young father found dead in a wooded area in Leyland have paid tribute to a "caring and loving boy."

Anthony Stubbs, 16, hadn't been seen since November 25 when he left his home on Leyland Lane at around 1pm.

His mum Denise and girlfriend Charlotte both made emotional appeals for his safe return.

A team searching for the teenager, who had a baby daughter, Lily, found his body on Monday afternoon in a wooded area next to Worden Playing Fields.

His family said they have been left "beyond devastated."

In a statement released on behalf of his family and friends including mum, Denise, step-dad Paul, sister Jody, brother Oscar, daughter Lily and girlfriend Charlotte, they said he was the "light of our lives."

It read: "He brought so much joy and happiness to all who were fortunate enough to know him.

"What has happened is such a shock and has left us beyond devastated; words can’t even begin to describe how we feel at the moment.

“He was such a caring and loving boy who couldn’t do enough for other people, he always put others before himself.

“He was really proud of his daughter Lily and he was such a great dad - the fact that she is going to have to grow up without him in her life is a tragedy.

“As well as a dad, Anthony was a much loved son, brother, boyfriend and best friend and we can’t see how life will carry on without him; we all miss him so much.

“We would like to thank everyone for the lovely messages of support, love and prayers. We would also like to thank the police for their efforts, for finding Anthony and for the support they have offered us as we try to come to terms with what has happened.

“We would now ask for some privacy so that we can remember Anthony and come to terms with our loss."