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Teacher tribute to Fife teenager

St Columba's Roman Catholic school
Image caption Lauren Murphy was a pupil at St Columba's RC School in Fife

A Fife headteacher has paid tribute to an "outstanding pupil" who died while on a school trip to London.

Jim Mooney, head at St Columba's Roman Catholic school in Dunfermline, said Lauren Murphy, 14, was a "real asset to the school".

The fourth year pupil died after being taken to University College Hospital just after 0200 BST on Wednesday.

It is understood she died after falling into a diabetic coma.

Mr Mooney said staff and pupils at the school had been left "shocked and saddened" by the teenager's death.

He said: "Lauren was an outstanding pupil and a real asset to the school.

"She was a vibrant, popular girl who was a great help to younger pupils and always willing to get involved with the life of the school.

"She will be missed by everyone who knew her and our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

"We are still coming to terms with the shock of Lauren's death."

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