TRIBUTES have been paid to a teenager from North Lancashire who died after going missing on New Year's Day.

On January 2, a police spokesman said a body had been found on land near the Trimpell Sports and Social Club in Morecambe.

Lancashire Constabulary has since confirmed it belonged to James Macadam, 19, from Carnforth.

Many people offered tributes to the young man on the Gazette and Morecambe Area Police Facebook pages, as well as words of condolence to his family.

Brenda Murdoch said: "RIP James, you were an absolute credit to your parents."

Tania Stobbart said: "That's so sad, my love and thoughts are with his family."

Sophie-Lauren Lewthwaite said: "Thinking of his family at this sad time. RIP James."

Lekhani Chirwa said: "So heartbreaking, thoughts are with his family and friends."

Jeanette Murphy said: "Thinking of his friends and family."

Michelle Gill said: "God love him."

Dawn Wolf said: "Absolutely devastating news for the family. My heart goes out to you all and the people who knew him."

Joe Taylor said: "James, it was a pleasure to have worked with you, RIP young man."

Denise Redman said: "Heartbreaking, what a tragedy. Had all his life in front of him, RIP young man. His poor, poor family, my heart goes out to them."

After the body was found on January 2, a spokesman for Morecambe Area Police said: “James’ family have been informed of the development and are being supported at this time.

"Our thoughts are with them.

“We would like to thank all those in the community who assisted with our search.”

Mr Macadam left his home address in Carnforth at around 10pm on December 31 to head to a party on Lancaster’s Marsh estate.

After he went missing, a police appeal was put out in an attempt to ascertain his whereabouts.

A police spokesman said: “Following the party, he got a taxi with friends but was dropped off on Christie Avenue in Morecambe at about 6am.

"He walked from the taxi in the direction of Ennerdale.”