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Tributes to Charlie Alford who collapsed in toilet

Charlie Alford tribute page on Facebook
Image caption Memorial pages to Charlie Alford have been started on Facebook

Tributes have been paid to a teenager who died after being found collapsed in toilets at a further education college.

Charlie Alford, 16, was discovered by staff at Cornwall College in Saltash, Cornwall, on Wednesday.

Despite attempts to resuscitate him, he died later at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

College principal Dave Linnell said: "We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts are with Charlie's family and friends."

'So popular'

Mr Linnell added the college was "supporting students and staff at this difficult time" and that counsellors had been on site since the death to offer support.

Teachers also paid tribute to the student, who had only recently started at the college.

Lecturer Jan Langley described him as "a cheeky charmer who you couldn't help but like".

Image caption College staff tried to resuscitate Charlie Alford after he was discovered on the site

She said: "He was so popular with his classmates and they'd all really got to know each other well in the few weeks since he started at college.

"It's such a sad loss."

Several memorial pages to the student have been started on Facebook.

Devon and Cornwall Police launched an investigation into the circumstances of his death, but said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the inquiry.

Officers said: "Police were informed at around 5.30pm on Wednesday by Derriford Hospital that a 16-year-old boy had died.

"CPR was carried out by staff and he was shortly afterwards taken to hospital by ambulance and was later declared deceased.

"Police are working closely with the college to ensure the welfare of staff and students are looked after and officers, as is usual in incidents such as these, are investigating the circumstances of this death."

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