Robbie's dad tells of family's devastation

James Taylor at his desk in his office at 116 High Street, Old Portsmouth.

Those halcyon days when pen and paper just worked!

THE father of a teenager found hanged has spoken of the heartbreak at losing his son.

Pete Hale described 16-year-old Robbie as his 'best friend'.

The youngster was found dead at his home in Corsair Close in Lee-on-the-Solent on Saturday.

Tributes have since poured in for the teenager who was a full-time student at Bay House sixth form college in Gosport.

This picture, right, shows the family in happier times, just weeks before his death, as Robbie celebrated Christmas with his dad and his two sisters.

In a tribute to his son, Mr Hale said: 'Robbie was my beautiful boy and perfect in every way.

'My life will never be the same without him. I had so much fun playing football with him and he was truly my best friend. I loved him so much - may God bless him.'

The death of the popular teenager has seen more than 2,000 people join a Facebook group in memory of him, called 'Rest in Peace Robbie Hale, we love you man'.

Hundreds of friends, family and strangers have all left messages in memory of him.

Students at Bay House are also busy organising a tribute to Robbie who was a keen footballer and a big supporter of Liverpool.

And a shrine has been set up outside the school, with friends leaving floral tributes, messages, candles, toys and gifts of remembrance. Assemblies have also been held to help the students come to terms with Robbie's death.