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Cigarette punch victim Len Saunders was 'beautiful soul'

Len Saunders Image copyright Family handout
Image caption Len Saunders died in hospital two days after being punched in St Helens

A man who was punched and died after he was stopped and asked for a cigarette was a "beautiful soul" who "dedicated his life to charity", his family said.

Len Saunders, 65, was with a friend when they were asked whether they had a cigarette in St Helens on 21 July.

The "talented actor, poet and musician" was punched in the head and fell. He died two days later.

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with manslaughter and is due to appear at Liverpool Youth Court on Wednesday.

A 15-year-old boy who was also arrested has been released without charge.

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

"A true loss to the community and to our family."

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