THE family of Len Saunders has paid tribute to a "beautiful soul who dedicated his life to charity and volunteering work".

Len's death has caused much sadness and shock around the town with many tributes paid to the much-loved poet and volunteer.

Len was a popular figure in the town's arts scene and volunteered at the Lucem House community cinema. 

He died in hospital on Sunday following an attack on Ward Street which took place on Friday, July 21.

Len leaves behind sister Judith, niece Heba and nephew Ramy. 

In a statement, Len's family said: "Len was a beautiful soul who dedicated his life to charity and volunteering work.

"He was a talented actor, poet and musician who never stopped helping people, even in his final moments.

"Born in St Helens he was deeply rooted within the community in various projects and is sorely missed by all whose lives he touched.

"He was a much loved brother, uncle and good friend to all and our hearts are broken. A true loss to the community and to our family."

Ann Shacklady-Smith, of Lucem House Community Cinema Plus, sent this statement on behalf of the organisation: "Len has had a close and personal relationship with Lucem House Community Cinema Plus since it started four years ago. 

"Apart from enriching the film nights with his theatrical, poetic and musical performances, Len was the first friendly person people met when they visited the cinema. 

"Len has helped to build the super large screen that graces the stage, has installed seating, helped to refurbish the kitchen and generally took care of the premises. 

"He helped to make Lucem House a safe and happy venue for volunteers and visitors alike. Len was a kind, generous and gentle soul, we all loved him dearly. Ann and all his fellow volunteers are devastated at his loss and his contribution and presence at the cinema will be keenly missed."

Two youths, aged 15 and 17, were arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder.