TRIBUTES have been paid to former Bolton judge Peter Davies, who has died after a long illness.

Judge 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.

Judge Davies, a keen follower of St Helens Rugby League FC, began his legal career as a barrister in Liverpool in 1986, quickly earning 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.

At Bolton Crown Court the Honorary Recorder of Bolton paid tribute to Judge Davies, who died on Thursday last week.

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

"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."