Floral tributes to Amber Peat placed close to where a body was found

Undated handout photo issued by Nottinghamshire Police of Amber Peat, 13, from Mansfield
Undated handout photo issued by Nottinghamshire Police of Amber Peat, 13, from Mansfield

Tributes to missing 13-year-old Amber Peat have been placed by her friends close to where a body was found.

Amber had not been seen since she left the family home in Bosworth Street, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, at around 5.30pm on Saturday after a row with her family.

Nottinghamshire Police said last night that Amber’s family had been told that a body had been found.

Today, police were guarding 50-metre stretch of grass on Westfield Lane, less than a mile from Amber’s home.

Floral tributes had been laid around a nearby tree along with mementoes including a teddy.

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

It added: “Hope the angels make you smile.”

Police vehicles were parked at the scene on the corner of a road junction.

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.

“Officers are at the scene in Mansfield and inquiries are ongoing. No formal identification has yet taken place. The death is not being treated as suspicious.”

Police thanked all who had helped in the search, particularly the Mansfield community.

Amber’s parents had earlier issued an emotional plea for her to return.

Her mother and stepfather broke down in tears as they spoke at a police press conference, saying her disappearance was out of character.

Kelly and Danny Peat said she walked out after refusing to clean a cool box used to store food during a holiday to Cornwall after the family had returned on Friday.

Mr Peat said: “We had just all had a brilliant holiday. It’s just not right. She had a fantastic time, never stopped laughing with all of us together.”

He added: “We told her to clean a cool box out that we had had sandwiches in for the journey home. It was a chore basically and I’m sure all teenagers are the same, she didn’t want to do a chore. That was the last conversation.”

Ms Peat said: “We were in the living room and I heard the front door slam.”

She went on: “I heard the door and when I went out I couldn’t see her anywhere. She had just gone.”

She said Amber was not in contact with her natural father, who lives in Scotland.

During the press conference Superintendent Matt McFarlane said Amber’s disappearance was “totally out of character”.