Anthony Stubbs: Family pay tribute to 'loving boy'

Anthony Stubbs
Image caption Anthony Stubbs became a father last year

The family of a teenage father who went missing more than six weeks ago have paid tribute to him after police found a body they believe to be his.

Anthony Stubbs, 16, left his home in Leyland Lane, Leyland, on 25 November to visit his mother's house in nearby Southbrook Road but never arrived.

Police believe a body found hanging from a tree in Brickfield Wood is his.

His family and friends paid tribute to a "caring and loving boy" who became a father less than six months ago.

A statement from his mother, Denise, stepfather Paul, sister Jody, brother Oscar, daughter Lily and girlfriend Charlotte said: "He brought so much joy and happiness to all who were fortunate enough to know him.

"What has happened is such a shock and has left us beyond devastated; words can't even begin to describe how we feel at the moment.

"He was such a caring and loving boy who couldn't do enough for other people, he always put others before himself.

"He was really proud of his daughter Lily and he was such a great dad - the fact that she is going to have to grow up without him in her life is a tragedy."

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