TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Carlisle judge who has died following a long illness.

Judge Peter Davies, a married father-of-four, was based at Bolton Crown Court for three years from the summer of 2012 until 2015 when he moved to Carlisle Crown Court, eventually becoming the Recorder of Carlisle.

The Judge, who was a keen follower of St Helens Rugby League FC, began his legal career as a barrister in Liverpool in 1986, and quickly earned a reputation with his colleagues for hard work, talent and quick wit.

He was appointed as a part time judge, known as a Recorder, in 2002 before his first position as a Circuit Judge at Bolton 10 years later.

Tributes were paid by the Honorary Recorder of Bolton at Bolton Crown Court to Judge Davies, who died last Thursday, July 15.

Speaking at Bolton Crown Court, Judge Walsh said: "It is very sad news. He was a much loved and deeply respected judge here at Bolton.

"I know that those members of staff who sat with him were very upset to hear the news of his death.

"It followed a lengthy illness which he bore with great courage and fortitude.

"He was a great friend to all who worked here at Bolton."