BIRCHWOOD High School have paid tribute to a pupil who was tragically found dead in Culcheth Linear Park on Saturday.

In an incident which has shocked the community, Year 11 pupil Brianna Ghey was found with multiple stab wounds when Cheshire Police were called to attend the scene at 3.13pm.

Sadly, the teenager was pronounced dead at the scene and a murder investigation has been launched to find those involved.

In a statement released this morning by head teacher at the high school Emma Mills, she echoed the thoughts of the entire community saying the school is ‘shocked’ and ‘truly devastated’ by the news of the 16-year-olds death.

Warrington Guardian: Head teacher at Birchwood High school, Emma MillsHead teacher at Birchwood High school, Emma Mills (Image: Newsquest)

The statement read: “We are shocked and truly devastated to hear of the death of Brianna.

“This is understandably a very difficult and distressing time for many, and we will do our utmost to support our pupils and wider school community.”

Residents have also spoken out on social media of their shock in light of the recent devastating news, with many expressing their ‘heart break’ and condolences to the young victim’s family. 

One resident said: “Absolutely sickening. Hearts to all of the families involved and to the kids who have had their worlds rocked tonight.”

While another said: “There's no word, absolutely heart-breaking, I've been thinking of this young girls friends and family all day, my condolences.”

Another added: “Such sad sad news, whole life in front of her to have it taken away in such cruel circumstances, thoughts and prayers are with her family.”

A final touching tribute read: “What a beautiful young girl, this is heart wrenching. Why. She is just a child.

“My condolences to all her family & friends.

“I can’t imagine what they must be going through right now. I wish I could wrap my arms around them all.

“My thoughts & prayers are with you all. RIP Brianna, fly high.”