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Glenburn reservoir death teenager named as Ben Thomson

Ben Thomson
Image caption Floral tributes to Ben Thomson have been left at Glenburn Reservoir

Tributes have been paid to a teenage boy found dead in a reservoir following a major search operation.

The body of the 14-year-old Ben Thomson was recovered from the water at Glenburn reservoir, near Paisley, at 20:10 on Tuesday.

A search was mounted after he was reported going into the water at about 17:35.

His head teacher described him as a well-liked, friendly pupil who was talented footballer.

A post mortem examination will take place in due course to establish the exact cause of death but it is not being treated as suspicious.

Ben's family, who live in the Glenburn area, are aware and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.

'Well liked and caring'

Gleniffer High head teacher Lisa Chalmers said his school was devastated by the tragic news.

She said: ""Ben William James Thomson was a well-liked, friendly and very caring pupil, who always greeted you in the corridor.

"Ben was due to start his fourth year of secondary school in August.

"As well as succeeding in academic subjects, Ben was also a very talented young footballer, achieving extracurricular awards for his achievements in the game.

"Ben comes from a very loving and close family and our thoughts and prayers are with his parents and sister at this very sad time."

Image caption A major search and rescue operation was mounted on Tuesday evening

Renfrewshire's Provost Lorraine Cameron said the tragedy was felt by the whole community.

She said: "said: "This is the worst thing that can happen to a family, and my thoughts are with them and all of Ben's friends during this terribly sad time.

"Glenburn is a very close-knit community and I know everyone is already rallying around the family to give them the support they need to cope with such a tragic event."

The search operation involved a helicopter and police dive and marine unit, as well as the fire and ambulance service.

The reservoir is located on the edge of Gleniffer Braes Country Park, to the south of Paisley.

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