FAMILY TRIBUTE: “Words cannot begin to convey how devastated we are at the loss of our beautiful Natalie”

Natalie Scotchford

Natalie Scotchford - Credit: Archant

THE family of a teenage girl who was killed after the van she was in plunged into a Fenland river have released a tribute.

Natalie Scotchford, 19, of Blenheim Road, Ramsey, was a passenger in the van which left St Mary’s Road and entered the River Nene at about 4am on Saturday.

Her family, in a statement issued through Cambridgeshire Police, said: “Words cannot begin to convey how devastated we are at the loss of our beautiful Natalie.

“She was a popular, caring and loving young woman who loved her friends, her family and having fun.

“She’d just become a doting auntie and was doing a magnificent job supporting her sister looking after her little nephew.

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“We would like to thank all those who have sent kind words, flowers and messages of support - Natalie was so loved and these are a source of strength for us all.

“We are an exceptionally close family and we will remain united - as we have always been - to support each other through the difficult times ahead.

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“We now ask the media to respect our wishes and privacy as we attempt to come to terms with this tragic accident and the loss of our darling girl.”

A 22-year-old man was arrested in connection with the collision and has been bailed until December 7.

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