The family of a teenager who died after going into a river in Redditch have paid tribute to him as a “fun, popular and outgoing lad".

Richard Fellows, nicknamed Porky, lived in Brockhill and was a student at Trinity High School.

A statement from his family said: “He was a fun, outgoing 15-year-old lad that typically never did as he was told, a very popular boy who is going to be missed by everyone.

“A tragic accident has taken him away from us and we hope that others will learn from this. Treasure every moment like it is your last.

“We would like to thank everyone for their help and well wishes but we now ask for time and peace to grieve for our loss.”

At Richard’s school, special assemblies were held for all students, providing an opportunity to remember him. Staff and educational psychologists have been available to provide emotional support to those students who have needed it and students have been able to record messages for Richard and his family in a memory book.

Headteacher Marian Barton said: “Richard was expected to do well in his GCSE examinations this summer and he was well liked by his fellow students. It is tragic that his young life has been taken in this way and we send our heartfelt condolences to his family.”

Following Richard’s death, police are reiterating warnings to people never to go into open water, including rivers, canals, ponds or quarries.