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Tributes to tragic teenager
Wednesday 20th July 2016 @ 15:11 by Nigel Skinner
Hyde News

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Touching tributes have been paid to a tragic teenager who died after playing in the River Etherow with friends.

Floral tributes to 16-year-old Jack Pullen have been placed near to the scene of the tragedy in Broadbottom.

Emergency services were called to the river on Tuesday at 5.45pm and discovered Jack’s body. Police say there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

Jack was a student at Longdendale High School.

Executive headteacher Matthew Bowler paid tribute to the student.

“We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of this tragic incident.

“He was a popular student whose gentle soul touched a lot of people.

“He was a very caring and sensitive young man, his family and friends were hugely important to him and he will be greatly missed by our entire community.

“We have been in touch with his family to offer our condolences and have support in place for pupils and staff who are clearly very upset by the tragic news.”

Detective Inspector Andy Sandiford of GMP’s Tameside borough, said: “We have launched an investigation into this tragic incident which appears to have begun with a group of friends playing in the river on a hot summer’s day.”

Temperatures topped 30C across the region on Tuesday which was the hottest day of the summer so far.

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Top, floral tributes and messages placed near the scene of the tragedy at The River Etherow (above).