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Teenager held over Cheryl Tariah death in Barkingside

Cheryl Tariah
Image caption Cheryl Tariah: Aspired to be a fashion designer

An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a teenage girl whose body was found in east London.

Officers found 17-year-old Cheryl Tariah's body in a flat on the High Street, Barkingside, after being called to reports of a disturbance on Tuesday.

Cheryl, of Chelmsford, Essex, died from strangulation, a post-mortem examination concluded.

The 18-year-old remains in custody. A 21-year-old man held on Thursday was released with no further action.

Cheryl was a student of Chelmsford College, in Essex, which said students and staff were "shocked and upset" and the aspiring fashion designer would be "sadly missed".

'Lovely bubbly girl'

The statement said: "Since her death, tributes from staff and students have been pouring in.

"Fellow students have described her as a lovely bubbly girl... well-liked by both her peers and the teaching staff.

"In her short time at the college her talent for fashion was abundantly clear.

"She wanted to be a brilliant fashion designer and, given the opportunity, she would undoubtedly have fulfilled her ambition."

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