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Families in tribute to pond victims

The families of a teenager and a young man found dead in a pond near an Army barracks have spoken of their deep sense of loss.

The bodies of 17-year-old Hugo Wenn and Daniel Lloyd, 25, were found 10 hours apart in Reed Pond, near Howe Barracks in Canterbury, Kent, on Monday.

Post-mortem examinations revealed that they died from drowning and detectives are treating their deaths as "unexplained" pending toxicology results.

A 54-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has been released without charge and a 28-year-old man, from Canterbury, who was held on suspicion of supplying drugs has been bailed to March 15.

In statements issued through Kent Police, relatives of both young men - whose deaths have triggered outpourings of grief in their communities - said they will be deeply missed.

The family of 6ft 3in "gentle giant" Hugo, from Barham, said: "Hugo was a lovely boy who lived life to the full.

"He enjoyed every waking moment and enriched all those whose lives he touched. We feel privileged to have known him, albeit far too fleetingly.

"He will be sadly missed by many and will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace, our darling Hugo."

Both were well-known in the Canterbury area and were regularly seen busking. Thousands of people have written messages of sympathy on Facebook and Twitter. Mr Lloyd's family, from Wincheap, Canterbury, said: "We are obviously devastated by Daniel's death. He was a much-loved son, brother, father, grandson, nephew and cousin.

"Daniel was a larger-than-life character who will leave a massive hole in our lives. His talent helped to reveal a unique and beautiful soul and we will miss him dearly. During our time of loss we ask to have the space to grieve and take stock of the huge hole that he leaves in our lives."


From Belfast Telegraph