HEARTBROKEN friends have been paying tribute to a teenager who died after falling into a Widnes pond.

Teya Davies, 14, has been described as a lovely girl with a caring nature and beautiful smile.

Emergency services were called to Clincton Wood on Lakeside Close shortly before 6pm on Saturday evening after reports of concern for a the safety of a teenager who had fallen into a pond.

Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College, where she was a pupil, is opening tomorrow to give her grief-stricken friends a chance to come together.

A spokesman for the school on Highfield Road said: "The whole community is shocked and saddened to hear the devastating news that Teya Davies has passed away.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. Teya was well-loved by staff and students. We will truly miss her lively character, caring nature and beautiful smile.

"We are opening college on Tuesday between 11am and 1pm to offer comfort and support to our students and staff at this difficult time.

"There will be a memorial board and opportunity for quiet reflection and prayer in our college chapel."

A justgiving page set up to support Teya's parents Nicki and Eddie by friends Michelle Harvey and Clare Kinsella has already raised almost £2,000.

Michelle said: "I would just like to say a massive thank you to every singe person who has donated. You are all so kind. We know Nicki and Eddie will be overwhelmed with all of your generosity and kind words."

Devastated friends have paid tribute.

Chelsea Rexha said: "Teya was a lovely girl whenever I saw her she was always friendly and polite. Thinking of you all, No words can describe your loss."

Barbara Robson added: "I cannot even imagine what the family and friends are going through at this heartbreaking time. The people of Widnes are sending you their thoughts and prayers."

Charlotte Lyons said: "I am so sorry for the loss of a beautiful young lady. Thoughts are with her friends and her family at this difficult time."

Michelle Causer said: "I never thought when I first saw her in school that she would die so tragically and so close to my home. Our thoughts and prayers and with the family. She sleeps with the angels now."

Michelle Bold said: "Teya you were such a beautiful feisty little whirlwind. We will miss you gorgeous girl."

Teacher Miss McKevitt said: "After teaching Teya's younger brother I could see how much of a lovely, caring and respected family they are. They will be in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time."

Sharron Black added: "Fly high beautiful angel and spread your love, light and colour in the next world."

Jayne Coffey said: "My heart goes out to this poor family. An innocent afternoon of fun turned into something so tragic. RIP angel."

Cheshire police said today that Taya Davies has now been formally identified.

Her family has released this photograph of Taya.

To donate visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/michelle-spilling?utm_id=106&utm_term=p62jwQg7Z