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Family pays tribute to 'gentle' son Thomas Brown

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Image caption Thomas Brown went missing on a night out in Fife

The family of a 17-year-old whose body was found in a Fife river following a night out with friends has paid tribute to the "gentle natured boy".

Thomas Brown was out with friends in Methil when he became separated from the group at 22:00 on Friday.

His body was found by divers during a search of the River Leven.

His family said in a statement that he was popular and outgoing, and told how the landscape gardener loved spending time with his family.

They said: "Tommy will be sadly missed by his parents Betsy and Tommy and siblings Hughie, Elizabeth Anne, Mary, Patricia, Dean and sister in law Janet.

"Tommy worked with his father as a landscape gardener. He also helped his many uncles and brother Hughie who are also landscape gardeners and builders when needed.

"Tommy was part of Scotland's travelling fraternity who have very close relationships with all family members from all over Scotland and his death has left the extended family in shock at their loss.

"He will be sadly missed by his family and we are requesting to be given privacy to grieve at this difficult time."

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