‘Devastated’ by death of Mayfield teenager

TRIBUTES have been paid to a Mayfield teenager with a “heart of gold” who died after a disturbance in Gorebridge in the early hours of Saturday morning.

A sea of flowers and football shirts have been left at the scene in Newbyres Crescent as the community struggles to come to terms with the death of 17-year-old Dale Bennett.

A loyal Hearts fan, Dale played five-a-side with his dad and brother in Newtongrange. His football club, Star ‘A’ CYP 19s, have suspended matches as a mark of respect for Dale, also known to many as “Benji”.

Dale had begun an apprenticeship with local steeplejack firm Zenith six months ago, working alongside best pal Luke McGuire.

Managing Director Colin McCurdy paid tribute to “an incredibly nice young man”, adding “everybody within the organisation is absolutely devastated”.

Emergency services were called to the scene at about 2.20am on Saturday, where the teenager was found lying stabbed in the street.

He was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, where he died.

Dale’s girlfriend, Nicole Ormiston, 16, said: “He had a heart of gold, he was absolutely amazing and always happy. He was loving and caring and such good fun. We had been going out for five years and now he’s gone forever. I just can’t believe it.”

More than 1,600 people have visited a tribute page set up on social networking site Facebook, with dozens of friends leaving messages and sharing memories of Dale.

In a statement released by police, Dale’s parents, Garry and Michelle, said they were “struggling to accept he is no longer with us”.

They said: “Dale was an outgoing young man, extremely popular and lived life to the full.”

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