Floral tributes paid to Amber Peat close to where a body has been found

A woman lays flowers at the scene in Westfield Lane, Mansfield Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Tributes to the missing 13-year-old Amber Peat have been gathering in a place close to where a body was found yesterday.

Friends, classmates and well-wishers have left flowers and messages of condolence at a tree near a 50m stretch of grass currently being guarded by police, less than a mile from Amber's home.

Amber had not been seen since Saturday, when she left the family home in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire after a row.

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

It added: "Hope the angels make you smile."

A classmate leaves a bouquet of flowers at the scene in Mansfield Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Rianna Richards, 12, was in tears after she laid flowers in memory of her friend. 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.

The area is in the middle of a quiet housing estate Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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.

Messages left in remembrance of Amber Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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.

"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.

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