Memorial to Leyland suicide teen

Family and friends of Anthony Stubbs reveal a memorial for him at West Paddock
Family and friends of Anthony Stubbs reveal a memorial for him at West Paddock

A memorial dedicated to a Leyland teenager who was found hanged has been unveiled by his devastated family and friends.

An engraved stone, bench and plaque in memory of Anthony Stubbs, of Southbrook Road, was revealed at an event to celebrate the 16-year-old’s life.

The young dad was found hanging in Worden Park in January after he disappeared seven weeks earlier.

He had been a member of the Leyland Youth Zone, at West Paddock, where the memorial has been installed.

A spokesman for the club said: “Family members, young people and members of staff from Lancashire County Council’s Youth Zone at West Paddock came together for an event celebrating the life of Anthony Stubbs, a former member of the club who tragically took his own life in December last year.

“An engraved stone, a bench and a plaque in memory of Anthony’s life were unveiled as part of the event, which was attended by Anthony’s mother, grandmother, his brother, his partner Charlotte and his daughter Lily.

“The young people who attend the Youth Zone also raised £150 which will be shared between St Catherine’s and Anthony’s daughter.”

Rawcliffe’s Stonemasons in Chorley generously donated the engraved stone, and the bench and plaque were provided by Philip Messenger Concrete Products in Croston.

Speaking at the event, Anthony’s girlfriend Charlotte Mason, mother of his baby daughter, said: “I’d like to thank the Young People’s Service for all the support I’ve received over recent months.”

After his shock death, the former Wellfield Business and Enterprise College student was described by his family as the ‘light’ of their lives and he was said to be a ‘caring’ and ‘loving’ boy who couldn’t do enough for other people.

A coroner ruled the cause of death as suicide at an inquest heard in Preston.