A moving hand-written tribute was among flowers which have been laid at the scene where a teenaged boy died as police continue their murder investigation in Swadlincote.

Benjamin Orton, who was 17, died in the attack at The Pipeworks retail park, of Coppice Side, in the town. The assault happened in an alleyway at the side of the Odeon cinema just before 10.40pm on Saturday, June 12. Ambulance crews attended but despite their best attempts to save the lad, he died at the scene.

Now flowers have been left near the alleyway, which has been closed off to allow for police forensic work to take place, in Swadlincote.

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One hand-written note attached to a bunch of flowers read: "God bless you and your family, you are now safe in God's hands.

"Word[s] can never ease your pain. All our love and prayers Doreen and Geoff xxx"

And many more people have been telling of their shock at what happened and leaving messages of sympathy and support on social media for the youngster's family and friends.

Sonja Wardle said on Facebook: "Terrible news, kindest thoughts to his family and the emergency services we rely on in these tragic events."

Martine Curtis-Davies said: "RIP Young Man condolences to all your family/friends at this devastating time."

And youngsters at the town's secondary school have been offered support if they have been affected by what has happened, said a spokesman. It is not known if the victim was or had attended Pingle School in Coronation Street.

Others who took to social media to pay tribute to the boy included Joanne Paynter, who said: "What has this world come to? Can't even begin to imagine what this poor boy's family is going through right now. Poor boy hasn't even had a life yet. RIP young man."

Amani Whiteside said: "Thoughts go out to the young boy's family and friends at such an awful time for any parent to go through."

Zena Yates said: "My heart goes out to his family so sad."

Kerry Smith said: "Rip young man. My thoughts go out to his family and friends at this sad time xxx"

Gail Gill said: "So sad, thoughts are with his family."

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Nicky Simcox said: "What a waste of a young life. What is wrong with people?"

Susan Woollett said: "Thoughts go out to the family". Andy Beale said the incident was: "Heartbreaking."

Amy Ridley added: "RIP young man. God bless; thoughts are with family n friends.

Claire Matthews said: "RIP young man, taken too soon. My heart goes out to the boy's family."

Derbyshire Police have launched a murder investigation and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

A 20-year-old man was also found with serious and potentially life-changing, injuries. He was taken to hospital, where he remains in a stable condition, a spokesman for the police has said.

The force also said a teenage boy has now been arrested by officers investigating the death and the assault in the town.

The boy, who is from the Swadlincote area, was arrested yesterday evening and is in police custody.

A spokesperson from Derbyshire police said: "Officers have now launched a murder investigation. An area around The Pipeworks will remain closed off for most of the day while further inquiries are carried out.

"People will see an increased police presence in the area, and anyone with any concerns and are encouraged to speak to officers in the area.

"We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have been on Rink Drive, around the rear of the Odeon cinema or Morrison’s and noticed any people in the area or have dashcam footage of your journey.

"Anyone in the area between around 10pm and 11pm last night (Saturday, June 12) who witnessed and assault, noticed suspicious activity, or with any information which could help with our inquiries should contact us.

"You can submit information directly to our investigation team here

"Alternatively, please get in touch quoting reference 1397-120621."

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