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Teenager Steven Miles admits Oxted murder of Elizabeth Thomas

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Image caption A-Level student Elizabeth Thomas was found stabbed to death at a flat in Oxted

A teenage boy has admitted murdering a "kind and caring" 17-year-old girl who was found stabbed to death in Surrey.

The body of Elizabeth Thomas, a pupil at Oxted School, was found in a flat in Amy Road, Oxted, on 24 January.

Steven Miles, who was 16 years old at the time of the stabbing, was arrested at the scene and charged with Elizabeth's murder a week later.

He earlier pleaded guilty to murder at Guildford Crown Court and is due to sentenced on 2 October.

Elizabeth was described by her family as a "kind, caring, loving and gentle girl".

They said their lives had been "broken beyond repair" by her murder.

She grew up in West Wickham, south-east London, and had been studying for her A-Levels at the time of her death.

Det Insp Gordon Denslow said: "This was the tragic loss of a young girl's life and the devastating impact the incident which unfolded in Oxted earlier this year continues to be felt - not just by the family and friends of Elizabeth but the wider Tandridge community.

"Our thoughts are with Elizabeth's family and friends at this extremely difficult time."

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