Tributes Left For South Yorkshire Teen

1 May 2012, 16:10 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

Tributes have been left to a South Yorkshire teen, who was found dead in woods in Elsecar.

Friends of the teenager, who has not been formally named, said his death had shocked the area where he lived, in Elsecar, near Barnsley.

Police were called to the small wooded ravine, which is between Elsecar railway station and a large playing field, close to a skate park.

Officers have not released the cause of the boy's death but said they are not treating it as suspicious.

Youngsters who gathered at the scene said the teenager was a regular in the wood.

One boy, who visited the scene with his mother, said: “It's just terrible. He always knew how to have a laugh. When people were upset, he always cheered them up.”

Flowers were pinned to a tree at the side of the ravine and more were laid at the base of another tree, where a police cordon had been placed.

A note with one of the floral tributes said: “You always will be in my heart. I love you and I will miss you loads. Sleep tight.”

The boy's friends have also expressed their feelings on tribute websites and Twitter, with one message saying: “We was close friends and always had a laugh, don't know what I'm going to do without you.”