North East Wales

Tributes to The Venture's Darren Roberts after sudden death

Darren Roberts
Image caption Online tributes to Mr Roberts said he was a 'very, very special person'

Tributes have been paid to a "special" youth worker after his sudden death.

Flowers and football scarves have been left to the 31-year-old, named locally as Darren Roberts, at The Venture playground project, Wrexham, where he helped young people.

He had been involved in a two-vehicle road crash near Mold, Flintshire, on 5 December and died the following day.

It was not initially known if his death was linked to the crash but police now say he died due to his injuries.

A Facebook tribute page to Mr Roberts, known as Coco, said he was a "very, very special person".

It added: "The news of his sudden death has devastated everyone connected with The Venture and far beyond.

"Many hundreds of people knew him as a loyal, dedicated and kind person who helped hundreds and hundreds of people.

"He was loved, and will always be loved dearly by us all."

The tribute said The Venture would be open until 16:00 GMT on Tuesday for people to "come down for a cup of tea and share their feelings with others who are also feeling our terrible, sad loss".

Devoted dad

A candle has been lit outside the playground where people have been leaving flowers, cards and football memorabilia. He looked after local football teams.

His partner, Clare Ponton, from Caerwys, near Mold, told the Leader newspaper Mr Roberts was a devoted father to their daughter.

She said he had been helping at The Venture on the Caia Park estate since he was 16, having been a member as a boy.

She said she was shocked to see so many condolences on the Facebook page although he had helped a lot of people over the years.

North Wales Police are investigating the collision which happened on Thursday morning on the A541 at Afonwen.

Sgt Gwyndaf Jones, of the roads policing unit, said: "Following a post mortem examination, we now believe the driver of the Peugeot died as a result of injuries sustained during the collision.

"A full investigation will now take place and I would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and may have witnessed the collision, or any incident leading up to it, to contact Police on 101."

Image caption Tributes have been left at The Venture playground in memory of Darren Roberts

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