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Tributes line Dickens Heath canal where 18-year-olds body found

Solihull Editorial 8th Jul, 2015 Updated: 24th Oct, 2016

TRIBUTES line the towpath where the body of an 18-year-old girl was found in a canal in Dickens Heath.

The teenager, named simply in tributes as Sophie, was discovered by a member of the public in the Stratford-Upon-Avon Canal, which runs through the small village at 6am on Friday, July 3.

Bunches of red roses adorn the towpath while others float in the canal water.

Leading the tributes, her father said: “My beautiful Sophie, I will cherish the 18 years we had together.

“You touched the heart of everyone you met.

“It’s so cruel that you were taken so soon.

“I will love you forever, Dad.”

Another tribute at the scene simply reads: “Sophie you being taken from us has broken my heart but now you’re with Grandad watching over us all.

“Rest in paradise.”

Speaking about her death Blythe Ward councillor, Ken Hawkins, described it as a ‘tragic shame’ that had shocked the village.

Police are not currently treating Sophie’s death as suspicious and post mortem examination will take place in due course.

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