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Teen charged with manslaughter after pensioner dies following punch

Len Saunders
Len Saunders

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with manslaughter following the death of a pensioner who was punched in the street.

Len Saunders, 65, died on Sunday after he was attacked in St Helens on Friday, July 21.

Merseyside Police said a 17-year-old boy from the St Helens area was charged with manslaughter and is due to appear at Liverpool Youth Court on Wednesday.

A 15-year-old boy also arrested in connection with the attack was released without charge.

The family of Mr Saunders described him as a "beautiful soul" who dedicated his life to charity work.

In a statement, they said: "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."

Police said Mr Saunders was approached by two younger men on Ward Street just before 7pm on July 21 and one of them asked him for a cigarette.

When Mr Saunders, who was with a friend at the time, said he didn't smoke he was punched in the head and fell to the ground.