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Man charged with murder of 15-year-old Alex Rodda

An 18-year-old man has been charged with the murder of 15-year-old Alex Rodda, whose body was found on Friday morning in a Cheshire village.

Alex had vanished at 6pm on Thursday, but his body was found just hours later.

Alex’s mum Lisa, 50, wept on her doorstep as she told the Sunday Mirror: “I wish he had not been so trusting.

“Everybody loved Alex. He was caring and kind. Alex was my beautiful son, but he was naive. He was only 15 and that made him vulnerable. I am heartbroken.”

Alex’s brother Adam, 22, has travelled from London, where he works, to be with his mother in Knutsford, Cheshire.

One neighbour said: "He was always messing around, dressing up in other people’s clothes. He’d put anything on to make people laugh.

“I cannot believe this has happened.

"Alex would not hurt anybody.”

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Alex was a very loving, caring, kind, loyal and, most of all, trusting young boy. He loved life and made friends wherever he went. He will be sorely missed.

– Family tribute
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Matthew Mason, of Ollerton, near Knutsford, was arrested in Forton, Newport, at around noon on Friday.

Four hours before he was arrested Alex's body was discovered outside in Ashley Mill Lane, Ashley, which borders the affluent village of Hale.

Alex's family, who are from the Knutsford area are being supported by specialist officers.

Mason has been charged with murder and possession of a bladed article in a public place.

He has been remanded in custody and is set to appear at Crewe Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

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Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, where Alex was a Year 11 student, is offering support to his classmates.

It is with great sadness that I need to inform you of the death of Alex Rodda, a student in Year 11 at our school.

There has been much speculation on social media, however, the circumstances around Alex’s death are subject to an ongoing police investigation and we have been asked by them not to comment further at this stage.

We will continue to cooperate fully with any requests from the police.

The safety and wellbeing of our students is our priority.

School will be open as normal on Monday and staff will be on hand to support students in anyway affected by this tragic loss.

The senior leadership team are monitoring the situation closely over the weekend.

Alex will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him within our close-knit school family.

Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with Alex’s family and friends at this very sad time.

– Headteacher Denis Oliver