Tributes to pupil

missing teenager Ben Manning
missing teenager Ben Manning

TRIBUTES have been paid to Allerton Bywater Brigshaw High School pupil Benjamin Manning – whose body was found in the River Calder more than a week after he went missing in Wakefield.

The 17-year-old student, of Swillington, who hadn’t been seen or heard from since a night out in the city on January 22, was found by police divers near Thornes Lane Wharfe in the city last Wednesday lunchtime.

The teenager’s classmates at the Brigshaw Lane school – where Ben was studying A levels in law, English and history – had joined a massive search operation to help find him.

His mum Christine Manning, 49, of Primrose Hill Green, said: “We’re all just numb. His dad is devastated and so are his brothers.”

Cath Lennon, Brigshaw principal, said everyone at the school was thinking of Ben’s friends and family.

She said: “Ben was a lovely young man and it was a privilege to see him develop into such a pleasant, charming and popular student.

“He was bright and engaging with many exciting opportunities ahead of him.

“Ben was planning to go to university and we are certain he would have been successful at whatever career he chose.”

An inquest into the teenager’s death – which gave a provisional cause of death as drowning – was opened and adjourned for further reports on Tuesday.