Tributes to drowned Birkenhead teenager Hayley Holmes

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Floral tribute at Fort Perch Rock
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Tributes have been left at Fort Perch Rock in New Brighton

Friends of a Wirral schoolgirl who drowned over the bank holiday weekend have released balloons and lanterns at the spot where her body was found.

Hayley Holmes, 17, from Birkenhead, was discovered dead near New Brighton promenade at about 07:00 BST on Monday.

Her classmates from Upton Hall sixth form made their tribute on Wednesday evening at Fort Perch Rock.

Her boyfriend Robbie Crofts, 21, from New Brighton, has not been since Sunday evening, a police spokesman said.

Hayley's friend Danielle Ogram, who was among those paying tribute, said: "I just can't get my head around that she won't be there any more in school or out and about.

"All her close friends are absolutely distraught."

Stormy weather

Johnny Ward, one of Robbie's friends, said the couple had just been out on their second date.

"He was only going out with her for a few days and I've never seen him looking so happy," he said.

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Hayley Holmes was discovered at Fort Perch Rock in New Brighton early on Monday

"We were there with him at the Mathew Street Festival all day. He was so happy.

"He was just getting to know her, it was the second time they had met, on Sunday, she seemed really nice."

Officers believe a pair of sandals, a pair of trainers and a phone found on the beach belong to the couple.

A post-mortem investigation found Hayley had died as a result of drowning.

Police are still trying to establish how the A-level student came to be in the water.

Stormy weather over the weekend made parts of the area treacherous.

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