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Knutsford man, 18, charged with murder of Alex Rodda after “very loving and kind” teenager found dead in Ashley

By David Prior at

An 18-year-old man has been charged with murder after 15-year-old Alex Rodda was found dead close to Hale.

Matthew Mason, of Ollerton, near Knutsford, was arrested in Forton, Newport, at around noon on Friday 13th December.

Four hours earlier, a body now identified as that of Alex Rodda, from Knutsford, was discovered close to Ryecroft Farm on Ashley Mill Lane.

Mason has been charged with murder and possession of a bladed article in a public place.

He has been remanded in custody and is set to appear at Crewe Magistrates’ Court on Monday 16th December.

Meanwhile, Alex’s family have paid tribute to the teenager.

Alex Rodda was a pupil at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School

In a statement, they said: “Alex was a very loving, caring, kind, loyal and, most of all, trusting young boy.

“He loved life and made friends wherever he went. He will be sorely missed.”

Alex was a pupil at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School. Its headmaster, Denis Oliver, said the teenager “will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him within our close-knit school family”.

Flowers left close to the scene on Ashley Mill Lane

Ashley Mill Lane closed off by police on Saturday

He added: “Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with Alex’s family and friends at this very sad time.”

A number of bouquets have also been left close to the scene on Ashley Mill Lane. One read: “Love you Rodderz! Rest easy big man. All our love.”

Ryecroft Farm on Ashley Mill Lane was sealed off on Saturday

A number of police vehicles remain close to the scene on Ashley Mill Lane