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The small community of Great Wyrley in Staffordshire was in shock after learning that 16-year-old Lucy Burchell had been found murdered. The teenager had been reported missing from her parents' home last Thursday. She had been due to learn her GCSE results yesterday. Her classmates were said to be devastated by the news. Teachers said she would have been pleased with her eight GCSE passes.

Two sea cadets found her body behind a nightclub near Edgbaston reservoir in Birmingham. It is thought she lay undiscovered for four days. Detectives believe she was strangled.