TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular former councillor – who 'touched so many lives' – following his death.

Labour's Steve Roberts, aged 56, stepped down as Poplars and Hulme councillor in February last year after nine years in the role due to health reasons.

Mr Roberts worked for Warrington North MP Helen Jones for more than 17 years.

She said: "I was devastated to learn of the death of my senior caseworker, and friend, Steve Roberts.

"I have known Steve since I first came to Warrington when he was an active member of the local Labour Party.

"Steve was such an important part of my team and was responsible for delivering a top class service to the many constituents who brought their concerns to my office over the years.

"His greatest legacy will be the help and assistance he gave to so many people in Warrington North.

"This work was accomplished in a very understated manner but was greatly appreciated by those he helped, many of whom have taken to social media to say so and express their sadness at his death.

"He was known by many simply as 'Mr Steve', the first port of call if they needed help.

"He genuinely touched so many lives.

"He was also a friend to me and those he worked with over the years.

"Always calm and considered and willing to give advice on most issues, although IT and technology was not, by his own admission, his forte.

"He leaves a huge gap in the lives of all of us in my office and will be greatly missed.

"Each of us has fond memories and stories of Steve which we will treasure.

"It was an honour to know him and work with him."