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Tributes to Newquay death footballer Luke Griffin

Great Western beach in Newquay
Image caption Luke Griffin's body was found washed up on Great Western Beach on Saturday morning

A young footballer whose body was found on a Newquay beach has been described as an "absolutely diamond lad".

Wayne Brown, manager of Leonard Stanley FC, in Gloucestershire, described Luke Griffin, 20, as a "top guy" and "happy go lucky".

The body of the club's young player of the year was found on Great Western Beach on Saturday morning.

Two men, aged 41 and from Bedford, who were arrested after the death have been released without charge.

A statement said: "Police have now ruled out third-party involvement in the death and are not treating the death as suspicious."

Mr Brown said the news had come as a "real shock" and many people had been meeting up to support each other.

'Really talented'

"I have been lucky enough to have been his manager all of his senior playing career and it wouldn't have been long before he'd have moved on to a higher level," said Mr Brown.

"He was a really talented, skilful player, with all the assets he needed.

"His attitude, determination to do better, to listen to the more senior players - he was just such a top guy."

The football club was visiting Newquay during its annual end-of-season football tour.

"This was the first time we went to Newquay," said Mr Brown, who has been with the club since 2009.

"It was usually Blackpool we went to - to play a game of cricket, see the sights and the night life.

"Wherever we went the ethos was to go and have a good time and enjoy ourselves."

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