The family of a Surrey A-level student who was stabbed to death at the weekend say they have been overwhelmed by messages and support. A teenage boy who was arrested on suspicion of murdering 17-year-old Elizabeth Thomas has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
In a statement issued through Surrey Police, her family said: "Elizabeth was a kind, caring, loving and gentle girl and her death has left our lives broken beyond repair, we have lost our Sunday child.
"Throughout her GCSEs, Elizabeth studied hard and did very well. She was now working towards her A-levels and we were all extremely proud of what she had achieved.
"Following Elizabeth's death we have been truly overwhelmed by the messages and support we have received from everyone who knew her."
Tributes have been posted on social networking sites after a 17-year-old girl died at a property in the Surrey town on Friday. Prayers were said for the teen at a church service this morning.
Hearing that poor girl went to oxted school :( rip xx so sad, thoughts to family and friends of her xx
i can't believe something so terrible could happen in oxted :(
R.I.P to the girl who was killed last night in Oxted.:(
A 16-year-old boy was arrested and has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act. He's being transferred to a secure hospital.
A boy who was arrested on suspicion of murder after the discovery of a girl's body has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Surrey Police says the 16-year-old will be transferred to a secure hospital while he remains on police bail.
A murder investigation was launched after the body of a 17-year-old girl was found at a property in Oxted on Friday. The spokeswoman said the investigation is still in the early stages but it is believed this is an isolated incident and the alleged offender and the victim are known to each other.
Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Claire Pridgeon said:
"This is a complex investigation which will no doubt continue for some time._
"We believe this to be an isolated incident and that there is no risk to the further community."I would like to thank the community of Oxted who have assisted with the investigation so far."
Police are still questioning a 16-year-old boy over another teenager's murder. Officers have returned to the flat in Surrey where the 17-year-old girl was found dead on Friday. Today the search of the property enters it's second day. It's not yet known how the girl died.
A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a teenage girl was found dead in Surrey.
The body was discovered at an address in Oxted yesterday afternoon.
A murder investigation has been launched and the boy remains in custody.
Police say they believe the victim and the alleged offender knew each other.
A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a 17-year-old girl in Oxted. Officers were called yesterday evening. Her next of kin has been informed.
The head of finance at Surrey Police has been dismissed for gross misconduct. Paul Bundy was sacked after the force found he had "mishandled internal information" and "failed to disclose a change in personal circumstances".
In a statement, Surrey Police said: "Allegations of failure to disclose a change in personal circumstances and mishandling of internal information were found to be proven against Paul Bundy.
"He has been dismissed, subject to any appeal, with immediate effect.
"The misconduct did not relate directly to the financial responsibilities of the head of finance role and did not involve leaking to the media."
Too many people are abusing the 999 emergency line and putting lives at risk, according to Surrey Police. The force says it's taken calls from people complaining their television has broken to others wanting to know how bad the traffic was on the M25. Heather Edwards reports.
Surrey Police has said that a man’s body has been found in the River Thames at Hampton. Officers started a search just after 6:45pm after a man was spotted entering the water near Hampton Sailing Club. The body has not yet been formally identified and enquiries are on-going to trace his family.
Surrey Police said the matter has now been formally passed to the coroner and an inquest will be held after finding no evidence of foul play. This was despite two post-mortem examinations carried out in November failing to establish Alexander Perepilichnyy's cause of death.
Toxicology samples were also taken from both post mortems but the results have not been released.