Tributes have been paid to a former head boy and youth politician who died in tragic circumstances after plunging from a motorway bridge.
Daniel Thomas, 19, was found dead on the M57. Police are not treating his death as suspicious.
His mum, Sue Hatton, told how Daniel, from Prescot, was a “clever and charming boy” who touched many peoples’ lives.
She said: “Daniel was known as Dan to his family and Danny or Twiggy to his many friends.
“He was born at Whiston Hospital and loved theatre and drama from an early age, becoming a lifelong fan of the Simpsons and developing a love for the Harry Potter books and films and a wide range of music.
“He enjoyed primary school, developed an early flair for languages and was a charming and clever boy who could always make us laugh.
“When he got to senior school he spent his first few years gathering twigs and sticks wherever he went, earning him the nickname ‘Twiggy’ amongst his many friends.”
Elected the first head boy for the newly-built Knowsley Park school, he also excelled as a sea cadet, earning several promotions during his time in the movement.
“Amongst his friends he always tried to be everybody’s ‘Dad’, there to offer advice and happy to listen to their problems,” added Mrs Hatton. “He was a loving son, grandson and brother and a true friend to many.”
Headteacher at Knowsley Park Judy Walker said: “He was always enthusiastic about life and its many opportunities. He was a very talented and kind boy.”